US Open Women’s Odds, Best Bets & American Longshots To Back
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Rejoice, tennis betting fans. For the first time since January, you have a Grand Slam to wager on. Now, if only someone could figure out the women’s draw of the U.S. Open, which is about as muddled as the water in Flushing Bay.
As of Monday, 16 players had withdrawn from the event due to coronavirus restrictions — including defending champion Bianca Andreescu, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 7 Kiki Bertens. That’s on top of a tournament that’s been unpredictable in normal times, with five different champions in as many years.
Of course, the shallow field might help top seeds in a tournament with no fans. Regardless, it promises to be a strange two weeks, for bettors and players alike, beginning with first-round matches on Aug. 31.
2020 US Open Women’s Betting Odds
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US Open Women’s Best Bets
Karolina Pliskova (+900)
The highest-rated player committed to the tournament, world No. 3 Pliskova owns the biggest serve in the women’s game, a formidable weapon on the hard courts of the National Tennis Center. The 28-year-old Czech has a hardcourt victory this year in an Australian Open tuneup and reached the final of the U.S. Open in 2016. She’s reached at least a Grand Slam semifinal in three of the last four seasons and is overdue to break through in a major.
Madison Keys (+1300)
Odds co-favorite Serena Williams (+400) lost to an unknown in her last major, was stunned by the world’s 116th-ranked player recently, had to go to three sets to survive on Monday and won’t have that crowd to buoy her in New York. The American with the best chance of winning might be Keys, who scored victories in a pair of prominent non-majors last year at Cincinnati and Charleston. She’s reached Slam quarters or better five times over the last three seasons, including the U.S. Open final in 2017.
Naomi Osaka (+400)
The co-favorite with Williams, Osaka is tough to ignore given a hard-court resume that includes U.S. Open and Australian Open titles. While her Grand Slam record is otherwise spotty, when healthy this remains the player who won 11 straight matches in 2019. Osaka has played just one match since Australia, so like many others, she’ll be battling a lot of rust.
US Open Women’s 2020 Top American Longshots
Coco Gauff (+2500)
Everybody loves Coco, who won hearts and matches with her runs to the Round of 16 in Wimbledon last year and the Australian Open in January. The 16-year-old reached the semifinals of her most recent tournament, a hardcourt event in Kentucky, and scored victories over Osaka and Venus Williams in Australia.
While Gauff won’t have the adoring crowds behind her, she’s a confident player who’s beaten several big names and won a hardcourt tournament last year in Austria. When looking for a longshot, you could do much worse.
Jennifer Brady (+3300)
The player who beat Gauff in Kentucky was Brady, who claimed her first tour title. Although she’s never cracked the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam, the 25-year-old American upset three straight top-20 players en route to a final earlier this season in Dubai, reached the final at Indian Wells last year and has a strong hardcourt game that should pay dividends in New York.