As August rolls to the end, the U.S. Open starts on August 30th. There are not much in the way of tuneups left heading into the tournament. Cleveland (Tennis Of The Land) is the last one left before the final Grand Slam of the season.
The top ten players are listed below in our Women’s Tennis Picks for the upcoming U.S. Open.
|2021 Women's Tennis Futures -- US Open|
This has been an unusual lead-up to the U.S. Open. A snapshot of tennis futures for the women’s draw on August 4th and one on August 19th revealed one big thing. There has been no change. These futures are identical among the top ten women’s tennis picks.
Now, when investigating this, going through one site (Bovada), there was nothing. Then, it was on to BetUS, and there were still no odds shift. Even BetOnline did not budge. Is that a surprise? The answer to that question is yes. That is somewhat astonishing because one would figure in two weeks there would be some kind of movement.
At least one book might have taken a step forward or backward in their futures and yet they have not done so. That could indicate a few things. One theory is simply here comes COVID again. It does appear bookies are afraid to shift anything. For reading perusal, take a look at the men’s side and it is eerily similar. Even with a few major tune-ups in the books, the song remains the same.
There is a bit of concern with the women’s tennis picks because of this. The reason is that with just days to go until the tournament, the idea is to expect some shift to take advantage of. That is again not the case. Another reason may be the uncertainty of the field.
There is this to consider.
This is where the debate for Women’s Tennis Picks begins. Fans love chaos and bettors do too. However, both have seen that lacking.
It is easy to see why Osaka still is the favorite. No women’s tennis player has the game of Naomi Osaka, especially on hard courts. This is not a slight towards the other players. It is simply a question of her getting her game back in gear. That is what these August tournaments are for. With Osaka expected to draw one of the top seeds, she will also face easier opponents early at the U.S. Open.
However, that had not been the case as she began her run at Cincinnati. The press can be relenting and without a question, the Japanese star did break down. That is understandable given how much she values her mental health.
Again, there has been one turning point people should note. Why is Naomi Osaka still around +350 to +400 in the Futures? There is this. She came back from down a set to Coco Gauff of the United States in an impressive way that left Gauff visibly dazed after the match. At one point, Osaka reeled off five straight games like it was the 2020 U.S. Open all over again.
Hence, our Women’s Tennis Picks pick below is while one can get it.
Ahead of the final tuneup in Cleveland, there is a possibility that neither Jennifer Brady and Serena Williams will play any tennis leading up to the U.S. Open. Williams already had said she will not play. Now, Jennifer Brady had to retire from Cincinnati due to an apparently knee injury. This would add some Women’s Tennis Picks if both were healthy.
According to Tennis In The Land, full COVID protocols will be in place. Will this mean no fans in the stands? That is possible too. U.S. Open Qualifying Rounds had no spectators. Brady and Williams, in particular, feed off of crowds like few other players. Again, the buzzword uncertainty keeps rearing its ugly head.
This was almost prophetic considering that Brady has had lingering injuries since the Australian Open. Brady had to withdraw from Wimbledon due to lingering foot issues. In the last couple of weeks, a knee issue had popped up. Now, her U.S. Open fate is in jeopardy. Maybe that is why Serena Williams is not playing in any tuneups. Why risk an injury?
For Women’s Tennis Picks, our best bet is to stay away from both Williams and Brady. There is just too much unknown. At least, enough of the top ladies players are playing to get an idea of how the U.S. Open may play out.
The odds not shifting make it a struggle to find value based on form. After all, with so little movement, one has to dig more. There is one player to watch more. Belinda Bencic is a Swiss player who caught our eye at the Olympics by how poised she was. Despite her evident nerves, she found a way to win the gold at a tournament with no spectators and unrelenting humidity.
Part of our rationale there is the idea that Bencic can run, hit with power on both sides, and has enough variety to surprise some of the other top women’s players. Ashleigh Barty and Karina Pliskova have a little bit of value too but not at +2200 like where Bencic still is.
Take Naomi Osaka to win the U.S. Open on the ladies’ side.