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2014 WTA US Open: Preview, Odds, Prediction, Dark Horses

The WTA US Open is a little over a week away, which means it’s time to start looking at some of the women who can make you money. The field is wide open with Serena Williams currently at odds of +155 to win the tournament. Here are some of the names you should consider adding to your card when capping the 2014 US Open.

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Serena Williams - Why not just start with the favorite? Usually I avoid the overall favorite in future bets, but we’re getting Serena Williams at plus money. Any time that is an option, I pounce on it. The US Open is still one of the few events we see Serena Williams at her best, as she’s won the tournament the last two years and has made the finals in three straight years. Of course, nobody is capable of stopping a motivated Serena, as she’s easily the best female tennis player when clicking on all cylinders. You usually hope to earn a bigger profit when investing in future bets, but odds of +155 for Serena seems like free and easy money given the circumstances.

Victoria Azarenka - Victoria Azarenka has really fallen off of a cliff this season, losing six of her last nine matches. Azarenka lost in the second round of the Wimbledon, was eliminated by Venus Williams in Stanford and was completely dominated by Agnieszka Radwanska in the Canadian Masters. That would explain why we’re getting Victoria Azarenka of odds of +700 to win the US Open. Sounds good to me. Even with those struggles, Azarenka has reached the finals of the US Open the last two years and has beaten Serena Williams in two of their last five meetings. Both seem like a recipe for another strong showing this year. Worst case scenario, Azarenka provides a hedging possibility in the later rounds.

Sloane Stephens - I always make sure to put a little something on Sloane Stephens, because it’s only a matter of time before she breaks out of her shell and becomes one of the faces of women’s tennis. Stephens is like a miniature Serena, as she has the strength and athleticism to simply bully her opponent. She just needs to put everything together and mature. At the young age of 21 years old, Stephens already has a win over Serena, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko. Stephens is also an American, who is sure to have support from the crowd. I’ll take my chances with odds of +4000 to win it all.

Caroline Wozniacki - Caroline Wozniacki has fallen off a little bit since she broke through a couple of years ago, but she appears to have regained form. Wozniacki won the ?stanbul Cup, made a strong run in the Canadian Masters and is doing the same right now in the Cincinnati Masters. When on and consistent, Wozniacki is one of the top female tennis players in the world and can beat anybody. Wozniacki covers a ton of ground and is simply relentless when dialed in, which she seems to be right now. Wozniacki has beaten pretty much all of the top favorites in this tournament at least once and has reached at least the semifinals in three of the last five US Open’s. You can’t go wrong with odds of +2200 to win the tournament.

Simona Halep - Simona Halep has been this year’s break though female tennis player, so it’s only right I sprinkle a little something on odds of +700. This year, Halep has reached the quarterfinals the Australian Open, the final of the French Open and the semifinals of the Wimbledon. Halep’s confidence has reached new heights and that has taken her game to a completely new level. Halep now goes into every match knowing she has a chance to win and with her aggressive play, she’s a tough out for anybody. While Halep is a combined 0-8 against Maria Sharapova and Serena, I wouldn’t put it past her ending those streaks in this year’s US Open. Halep has been on a roll this season and odds of +700 are too good to pass up.

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Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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