Cream of world tennis heads to New York for the final Grand Slam of 2014.
It’s the final chance for the world’s best to win a Major in 2014 as the US Open kicks off at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
In six Grand Slam events in 2014 there have been six different winners and so both the men’s and women’s tournaments are wide open this year.
US Open – Women’s
After reaching the last three US Open finals it’s perhaps no surprise that Serena Williams starts the tournament as the clear favourite. The 32 year old is a five time champion at Flushing Meadows and is in decent form having won the WTA tournaments in both Stanford and Cincinnati in the last month.
If Williams plays to her ability then she should win but, as she has shown at the Grand Slam events in 2014, she is not the unstoppable force of old. She has failed to get past the fourth round in any of the three Grand Slam events this year and is vulnerable to an opponent taking advantage of a wobbly performance.
Beyond Williams there are dozens of players with realistic ambitions of reaching the business end of the tournament. Simona Halep’s rise up the world rankings has been astonishing and it is surely only a matter of time before the Romanian wins a Major title – although whether it will be on the hard courts is the key question. A price of 6/1 in the betting makes her a tempting prospect.
Ranked fifth in the WTA rankings, Agnieska Radwanska has been in good form of late and is a lively each-way bet while Caroline Woznacki is back in the world’s top fifteen and has gone toe-to-toe with Serena in two recent encounters.
Victoria Azarenka has lost the last two US Open finals and could go well, although she has been hampered by injury in 2014 and is a little short of match practice after missing the Cincinnati event.
US Open – Men’s
Thirteen of the last fourteen US Open finalists have come from the current ‘big four’ with only Juan Martin del Potro gatecrashing the party since 2007. Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have all won the title during this period and the betting strongly favours these four again in 2014.
After reaching the last four finals Novak Djokovic is a worthy favourite but the Serb’s form in recent weeks has been mediocre at best. The 2011 champion lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Rogers Cup before losing 7-6 7-5 to Tommy Robredo in the third round at Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago.
After his surprise defeat, Djokovic said: “Many, many, many things are not clicking these two weeks on hard courts. It’s unfortunate, but it’s more than obvious I’m not playing even close to what I’m supposed to play. I have to keep on working and trying to get better for US Open.”
A wrist injury has forced last year’s winner Rafael Nadal to withdraw from the tournament while 2012 champion Andy Murray is another whose form has been up and down in recent weeks. The Scot has looked good on the way to the quarter finals of his last two events before succumbing to defeat in matches he could perhaps have won. He’s 19/5 to prevail in the Bille-Jean this year.
All this means that the best bet might be to back Roger Federer. The 33 year old has rolled back the years in recent months, reaching the finals at Wimbledon and in Toronto before winning his 80th career title in Cincinnati in his most recent tournament.
The five time champion looks to be in great form and could be the man to beat
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a surprise winner in Canada a couple of weeks ago and is one to watch at a very generous price of 20/1, while the Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost an epic five set semi-final at Flushing Meadow in 2013 and should go well again.
The US Open gets underway tomorrow, August 25th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and culminates with the men’s final in the Arthur Ashe, Flushing Meadows on September 8, 2014.
As ever, we’ll have all the US Open tennis betting markets covered both live in-play and pre-tournament in our comprehensive tennis odds section on our main site prior to and throughout the event.