With the Wimbledon wrapped up and making money on hedging Venus Williams +1200 in the final, we now turn our attention to the 2017 US Open that takes place in a little over a month. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks.
Here are five WTA players to consider betting on in the 2017 US Open.
Victoria Azarenka - Victoria Azarenka still doesn’t have a ton of matches under her belt since returning from her pregnancy, but she’s gotten better with each performance and made the fourth round of the Wimbledon before losing to Halep in two tight sets. Azarenka is getting rid of rust rather quickly and now heads into a tournament where she’s made the quarterfinals or the final in her last four appearances. Azarenka loves the US Open and has a 32-10 record here for her career. With no Serena Williams and in better shape, Azarenka and odds of +700 are extremely intriguing.
Caroline Wozniacki - Caroline Wozniacki continues to be disrespected by oddsmakers in big tournaments, as you can get her with +2500 odds in the US Open. While she hasn’t won a grand slam and has been a quick exit more times than not, Wozniacki has made the semifinals or better in five of her last eight US Open appearances. Wozniacki enjoys the US Open more than any other tournament and has an advantage over her competition considering she gets to live at home while others are sleeping in hotels. Wozniacki has to win a grand slam eventually and with a wide open field, these odds are a steal.
Simona Halep - Simona Halep is winning 69.5 percent of her US Open matches, which is her highest in a grand slam and includes back-to-back quarterfinal appearances. It’s no secret Halep has the defense and the shotmaking ability to beat anybody in any tournament, but it comes down to consistency with her and keeping her head in the game despite mistakes. We saw it in the French Open final that she should have won. Either way, I still think Halep is the best player in the field when she’s playing her best and you throw out Serena. I’ll take Halep and odds of +800, which also provides hedging room in later rounds.
Coco Vandeweghe - Coco Vandeweghe has yet to have her breakthrough moment at the US Open, but she did make the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Vandeweghe is finally putting the pieces together at 25 years old and seems to be the American female to beat when you remove the Williams sisters from the conversation. An emotional player like Vandeweghe, who is also from New York, would love nothing more than to build on her momentum and make a deep US Open run. I’ll take Vandeweghe and odds of +2000.
Venus Williams - Venus Williams believes nobody can beat her when she’s playing a tournament that doesn’t include her sister. Venus has made the final in two of the three grand slams this season and has convinced herself even more that she’s capable of winning a major at 37 years old. Venus is 14-3 this season on hard court and 26-8 overall. The consistency has proven this is no fluke and Venus is a legit threat to win a grand slam. I’ll take my +1400 odds.