Tennis Props – Bet on U.S. Open Women’s

Serena Williams is back in the U.S. Open after a year away to start a family, and she’s still the one to beat. Williams is only the No. 17 seed at the U.S. Open because of her layoff during the pregnancy, but comes in as the top betting choice of +480.

Don’t be fooled by the ranking, as Williams is still the favorite no matter what her draw, and will try for her 24th Grand Slam title in the 2018 U.S. Open. Williams is into her mid-30s now but still playing like the most dominant woman on tour when she turns it up.

Simona Halep, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association, has the next-best odds at +550 and will snag the No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament. Angelique Kerber, who defeated Williams at Wimbledon in July, is another odds favorite at +700 and defending champion Sloane has the fourth-best odds at +800. Let’s look at the event in U.S. Open women’s tournament picks.

2018 US Open Betting at

Dates: Monday, August 27, through Sunday, September 9 2018

Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, New York

U.S. Open Men’s Tennis Odds Favorite: Serena Williams +480

U.S. Open TV Coverage: ESPN

All eyes will once again be on Williams in this tournament. The 36-year-old missed last year’s U.S. Open, as she was pregnant with her first child. She made her official return to the sport this spring after giving birth to her daughter last September and has proven she is still a force to be reckoned with. She made it to the final at Wimbledon in July, despite entering the tournament as the No. 25 seed, and will be looking to make another deep run here at the U.S. Open, a tournament she’s won six times in her career.

Halep captured the first Grand Slam title of her career at the French Open earlier this month where she defeated Stephens in the final. She is hoping to ride that momentum into this tournament, just a couple weeks removed from that career performance. Halep lost in the first round of the U.S. Open last year to Maria Sharapova. Her best performance here came in 2015, when she advanced to the semifinals.

Kerber was the 2016 U.S. Open champion and has three Grand Slam titles to her name. Her recent win over Williams at Wimbledon will be a big momentum boost coming into this tournament. She’ll enter this year’s U.S. Open as the No. 4 seed.

Stephens will snag the No. 3 seed as she prepares to defend her crown. The 25-year-old defeated Madison Keys in last year’s final to win her first Grand Slam tournament of her career. Her finals appearance at the French Open earlier this year helped her sustain her rankings.

Odds to Win U.S. Open

Serena Williams +480

Simona Halep +550

Angelique Kerber +700

Sloane Stephens +800

Petra Kvitova +1200

Garbine Muguruza +1400

Karolina Pliskova +1650

Madison Keys +1650

Maria Sharapova +2300

Kiki Bertens +2300

Caroline Wozniacki +2300

Daria Kasatkina +2800

Jelena Ostapenko +2800

Victoria Azarenka +3000

Johanna Konta +3300

Aryna Sabalenka +4200

Naomi Osaka +4700

Ashleigh Barty +4700

Venus Williams +5600

Caroline Garcia +5600

Julia Goerges +6100

Anett Kontaveit +7000

Elise Mertens +7000

Coco Vandeweghe +7100

Belinda Bencic +8500

Lucie Safarova +8500

Maria Sakkari +8500

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +9000

Dominika Cibulkova +14000

Draw Analysis

Williams sitting as the No. 17 seed makes things interesting as she may take on some high seeds early in the tournament instead of the usual showdowns in the semifinals or the finals. It is silly that Williams has that high of a seed after her layoff, as she is still the player to beat, but that’s what the tournament has decided. She was actually moved up nine spots to No. 17, which is one seed behind her sister, Venus.

Serena Williams could have to knock off a lot of tough players in the tournament based on her seed, which is one reason why her odds are longer than usual.

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U.S. Open Free Picks

Williams is the player to beat but she has a tough draw and is still making her way back to peak performance. The U.S. Open draw lines up better for some of the other players in the field. The choice to win this year’s title is Stephens once again as she should cruise in the early rounds and has what it takes to knock off whoever she meets in the finals. All eyes will be on Serena but she will fall short this time around in tennis gambling.

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