US Open 2017 Betting Predictions
Who Will Carry The Day At Flushing Meadows?
It’s been the year of the comeback in tennis. Veteran Roger Federer, fresh off knee surgery, won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Venus Williams charged all the way to the Wimbledon final.
Comebacks will also be intriguing as the final Grand Slam event of the year, the U.S. Open, unfolds at Flushing Meadows. Williams will be there, looking for her first title since 2001, and 2006 U.S. Open champ Maria Sharapova was given a wildcard entry into the event, her first Grand Slam appearance since testing positive for a banned substance at the 2016 Australian Open.
A look at a few of the contenders for both the men’s and women’s singles titles, with odds provided viat Bovada.lv:
Roger Federer (+125)
Like fine wine, Federer, 35, seems to be getting silkier and smoother with age. He was an unstoppable machine at Wimbledon, winning points on 81 percent of his first serves.
Lately, though, Federer has looked more old than his old self. He was beaten in straight sets in the Rogers Cup final and took the next two weeks off to rest an ailing back. Federer hasn’t won the U.S. Open since 2009 and last played in the final in 2015.
Rafael Nadal (+260)
It’s also been a long dry spell for Nadal at the U.S. Open. He hasn’t won since 2013, but after crashing out early at Wimbledon, you have to figure the reigning French Open champ will be in redemption mode.
The trouble is, the world’s No. 1 player hasn’t won a tournament since the French Open.
Andy Murray (+700)
Based on Murray’s struggles with a hip ailment, these odds on the 2012 U.S. Open champ appear to be fool’s gold.
Murray hasn’t played since hobbling to defeat in the Wimbledon semis, and he hasn’t won an event since early March.
Alexander Zverev (+700)
It was Zverev who defeated Federer in the Rogers Cup final, and the 20 year old, ranked No. 6 in the world, has won his last two tournaments.
Both Federer and Nadal have touted Zverev, whose parents were both tennis pros, as the heir to the throne that’s been shared by those two, Murray and Novak Djokovic for so many years. Zverev hasn’t made it past the round of 16 in a Grand Slam event this season, but could be poised for a breakthrough at Flushing Meadows.
Winner: Alexander Zverev (+700)
Garbine Muguruza (+600)
While the men’s side looks to be wide open, the women’s event would appear to be Muguruza’s to lose. She’s been on her game since winning at Wimbledon, and won last week in the U.S. for the first time when she was victorious in Cincinnati.
The U.S. Open hasn’t been kind to Muguruza – she’s never made it past the second round – but she’s made it as far as the semis in every event since Wimbledon. Among active players, only Serena and Venus Williams and Sharapova have won more Grand Slam titles than the two earned by Muguruza.
Karolina Pliskova (+700)
Currently the world’s top-ranked player, Pliskova is still seeking her first Grand Slam win. She’s just the fifth women’s player to achieve No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam event.
She was runner-up to Kerber in the 2016 U.S. Open final.
Maria Sharapova (+900)
Those are very low odds to place on someone who hasn’t played a single Grand Slam event in nearly a year, but it goes to show how dominant Sharapova once was.
Sharapova won five Grand Slam titles between 2004-14.
Venus Williams (+1400)
After her performance at Wimbledon, where she reached the final, you might expect lower odds on Williams, but remember she is 37 and hasn’t made it past the second round in any tournament since.
Winner: Garbine Muguruza (+600)
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