US Open 2018 Tennis: Women’s Outright Betting Odds

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 7:30 am August 7, 2018 and are subject to change.

Serena Williams

Tennis’ final Grand Slam of 2018 gets underway at Flushing Meadow on August 27 and another thrilling fortnight of action is in prospect all the way through to the final stages on September 9. In the women’s singles section, Serena Williams’ tentative return to the court this year has seen the Majors shared around so there is plenty of value in the betting markets ahead of the tournament.

Here are the prices in question as we look to pick a winner for the US Open 2018.

Out in Front

Serena has enjoyed mixed fortunes since returning to competitive tennis following the birth of her first child but she still leads the outright win market by some margin. Williams is available at best odds of 4/1 with Royal Panda but is she good value at that figure?

As this preview is composed, the 23-time Grand Slam winner has just suffered a heavy defeat to Johanna Konta and has just withdrawn from the Rogers Cup for personal reasons. She may well be looking to take a break, focus on the US Open and to get herself fully fit and mentally prepared but current form would make anyone wary of backing the 36 year old at that 4/1 price.

Chasing Pack

Behind Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber is our second favourite and can be picked up at a top price of 8/1 with both BetFred and Betway. Kerber’s price will have shortened after she won Wimbledon in July and she is also a former winner of the US Open, having claimed the women’s singles title at Flushing Meadow in 2016 so the 30 year old German is certainly a credible candidate.

The market continues with Simona Halep available at best odds of 10/1 with BetBright and Black Type and Garbine Muguruza at a top price of 14/1 with MarathonBet and 188Bet. Of those two, Halep started the year in fine form with a runner up slot in the Australian Open before taking out her first Grand Slam with a win in France.

Disappointment at Wimbledon followed however so form isn’t perfect but the Romanian looks to be peaking at the age of 26 and will get plenty of support for Flushing Meadow.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Muguruza has won two Grand Slams but doesn’t have a great record in this tournament with a best of a place in the fourth round in 2017. She certainly has the game to win but looks a little short at that 14/1 figure.

Outside Punts

Sloane Stephens

We have no fewer than four players at the head of the outside picks all locked at the same best industry price of 16/1. Included amongst them is our defending champion Sloane Stephens who can be picked up at that figure with Unibet and 888Sport.

Stephens claimed the women’s title last year in a very one-sided final against Madison Keys and as the current World Number three, she looks to be a value option at those odds.

Also at 16/1 are Caroline Wozniacki (BetFred and 188Bet), Elina Svitolina (BetFred and Boylesports) and Karolina Pliskova (Black Type and 188Bet), From that selection, Denmark’s Wozniacki will get some support as she seemed to be enjoying a career resurgence after taking out the Australian Open at the start of the year. However, form has dipped since so we will be avoiding Wozniacki when we complete our own round up.

As we move further back through the options, last year’s beaten finalist Madison Keys will attract some bets at 18/1 with BetFred while Maria Sharapova is out at best odds of 20/1 with Boylesports. The betting is still very bunched at this point so it could be a tight call but is it worth delving any deeper and looking for some really high priced options?

Victoria Azarenka may not be at the top of her game right now but she has enjoyed a fair amount of success in the past and could be one to consider at best odds of 28/1 with BetFred while Johanna Konta, who handed out that big defeat to Serena Williams, is available at a top price of 50/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

There is a big field and dozens of options here but it’s likely that we’ve already mentioned the winner of the US Open women’s singles for 2018 so who is she?

Verdict

With three weeks to go until the first ball is hit in anger, the only available market for the women’s singles involves the outright winner. As the tournament draws closer, it will be possible to speculate on a To Reach the Final and there may also be a Name the Finalists option.

For individual matches, all of the regular bets should be made available including straight result, handicap, correct score and much more while there will be a busy set of in-play markets at the same time.

For now, however, it’s all about picking a winner and while you should never write off Serena Williams, her lack of form and that unexpected withdrawal from the latest tournament means that we’re going to avoid her for now.

Defending champions are always worth considering but Sloane Stephens is another player who hasn’t been at the top of her game. Previous history can be an obvious indicator but once again, the form just isn’t there.
As our most recent winner of a Grand Slam event, the 2018 Wimbledon Champion Angelique Kerber is likely to go deep into this tournament again and is another player who can take advantage of the end of Serena Williams’ dominance of the women’s game.

However, the player we keep coming back to is Simona Halep who, at 26, may well be coming to a peak period in her career. We had looked at the Romanian to win Wimbledon but she will hopefully deliver a better performance on a surface that really suits her game.

It’s certainly worth monitoring results in the period leading up to the US Open and in particular, punters who are looking to delay a bet should keep a close eye on Serena Williams’ movements but for an early ante post bet, Simona Halep looks to be outstanding value at 10/1.

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