Special Report: US Open 2016 Structure, Favorites and Dark HorsesPublished August 28, 2016 by Florin P
The ATP and WTA finest come to New York for the US Open 2016.
The U.S. Open 2016 starts tomorrow and this edition promises to be more competitive than ever before. Both in the men’s and women’s tournament, leaders come under heavy pressure from strong challengers. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are credited with the first chance, but no longer look so dominant. The hardcourt tournaments played throughout August brought in the spotlight several of in-form athletes.
Tough Mission for King Djokovic
The uncontested leader of the ATP is trusted to win another Grand Slam by major bookmakers. bet365 Sports and Winner Sports offer the best odds at 6/5. This looks like tremendous value given the fact that odds on Novak Djokovic winning a grand slam exceed even value for the first time this season. There is obviously a reason behind the decision of leading bookmakers to boost the odds. We don’t have to look any further than Wimbledon to see why Andy Murray is such a big threat for the world number one.
Real Deal Bet Sports and 888 Sport give odds of 7/4 on the Scotsman to win his second Grand Slam this year. His high percentage with the first serve and the uncanny ability to return even the most powerful serves make him a serious challenger. He now has the experience, stamina and confidence to prevail at the U.S. Open. The tournament lasts for two weeks and the best tennis players are on the main draw.
All Eyes on Serena Williams
The American champion has tied Steffi Graf for the lead and has high expectations from this U.S. Open. Serena Williams can further improve her stellar career by winning a Grand Slam in front of the fans. A perennial favorite, she is once again expected to triumph at Flushing Meadows. Those who trust her to prevail should place a bet with either Real Deal Bet Sports or 888 Sport, as they offer 3/2.
Angelique Kerber is arguably the biggest challenger, after defeating her in Australia. The American leveled the score at Wimbledon and has the advantage of a more powerful serve. This helps a lot on hard court and explains why the German is given odds of 9. Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza are only slightly above with average odds revolving around 10. The Spanish player has the advantage of already winning a Grand Slam a few months ago when she prevailed on the French clay of Roland Garros.
The Dark Horses of U.S. Open 2016
Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori are a few of the players capable of causing major upsets. However Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori have struggled with injuries in 2016. As for, Milos Raonic he has a hard time coping with pressure in the final acts of Grand Slam tournaments. Meanwhile, Del Potro and Wawrinka are given odds that go as high as 25/1 and both of them have defeated Novak Djokovic.
It’s also worth considering Marin Cilic for such a bet as bookmakers give equally high odds on him to prevail. Keep in mind that he has won the U.S. Open before, showed impressive form recently at the Cincinnati Masters. He lost just two sets throughout the tournament and is one of the few players who have defeated Andy Murray this year.
In the women’s competition, Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys are the obvious choice for those who want to bet on a dark horse. They both have powerful serves, have won tournaments and feel comfortable on hardcourt surface. Best choice for punters who don’t mind taking chances for the sake of better odds is Aga Radwanska. One could get odds as high as 33/1 at bet365 Sports and Winner Sports. This is tremendous value on the latest WTA Finals winner and the player who recently crushed Kvitova 6-1 6-1.