Favorites and Sleepers at the 2019 US Open – Women’s Singles
The last tennis Grand Slam event is coming our way this August, with the 2019 US Open. That means the best players in the world will be making their annual pilgrimage to Flushing Meadows.
Last year, Naomi Osaka copped the title at the women’s singles tournament. Will she be able to defend her crown? Or will another player raise the trophy this 2019? Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down the 2019 US Open women’s singles favorites and sleepers.
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City
When: August 26-September 8, 2019
Where to watch 2019 US Open: ESPN
US Open Women’s Singles Favorites
Serena Williams (+400)
Pundits see Serena Williams, who atop the group of US Open women’s singles favorites this 2019, as the favorite to win the US Open despite a lack of success and activity this year.
But she’s seemed to have regained her form after a notable performance at the 2019 Wimbledon in which she made the Finals and finished runner-up to champion Simona Halep. As of this writing, Williams is set to appear at the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. It’s not always a good idea to underestimate Williams.
After all, she has seven US Open titles. She’s made the Finals of the tournament in each of the past four times she participated at the event. Quite simply, she is one of the greatest players in the sport’s history.
At her best, few players can challenge the 37-year-old legend. Her style, that emphasizes powerful serves and groundstrokes and an incredible forehand, are something to reckon with.
Simona Halep (+700)
If there were doubts on Halep’s status as a world-class player, those were put to rest with her victory at the 2019 Wimbledon. This was the Romanian’s second Grand Slam victory, which helped make her, albeit for a short period, the WTA top rated player.
Halep’s history at the US Open does leave something to be desired though. Her top performance so far has been reaching the semi-final in 2015. But, with Halep playing the best tennis of her career, she enters the courts at Flushing Meadows as one of the tournament’s favorites this 2019.
Naomi Osaka (+700)
Osaka is the defending US Open champion. In the year that has passed since her surprising victory, the Japanese-American player has earned a terrific reputation, with some seeing her as women tennis’ next big star. Osaka won her second Grand Slam title in 2019, at the Australian Open, proving that her success at Flushing Meadows the year before had been no fluke.
At 21 years old, Osaka is known for her technical prowess, that includes playing from the baseline with aggressive forehand shots and making good use of her fast serves. A second victory in a row at the US Open should further boost Osaka’s value.
US Open Women’s Singles Sleepers
Ashleigh Barty (+1000)
It might seem surprising that we are including Barty, the current world No. 1 in a bunch of 2019 US Open women’s singles sleepers, but we are basing this decision on the Australian’s relatively tame performances at Flushing Meadows.
That aside, Barty is having the best season of her career, having won the top prize at Roland Garros. Her intelligent style of play makes her one of the players to watch at this year’s US Open.
Petra Kvitova (+1100)
Classified as among the women’s singles sleepers at the 2019 US Open, Kvitova has consistently earned enough WTA points to maintain her in the top ten rankings. Still, the Czech player, whose style is defined by powerful left-handed serves and forehand shots, has not won a Grand Slam title since 2014.
In fact, except for this year’s Australian Open final, Kvitova has never made it past the Quarter-Final stage since then. Regardless, she remains one of the most talented and experienced players in this year’s US Open and she is capable of surprising tennis fans.
Now that you’ve taken a good look at some of the US Open women’s singles favorites and sleepers this 2019, it’s time to lay a bitcoin bet on them.
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