Ladbrokes is offering punters a tip for betting on the US Open, by ranking the seven best female tennis players.
The Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon kept everyone on the edge of their seats, but now it’s time for the fourth and final tennis competition comprising the Grand Slam. The 2014 United States Open Tennis Championship is scheduled to take place from August 25 through September 8.
Ladbrokes odds for the US Open:
• Eugenie Bouchard – 7/1
• Simona Halep – 8/1
• Petra Kvitova – 12/1
• Victoria Azarenka – 6/1
• Serena Williams – 5/2
• Maria Sharapova – 6/1
• Li Na – 14/1
If you’re looking for some tips to bet on sports in the US, prepare yourself. The US Tennis Association announced 36 countries will be represented in this year’s championship and the last two days of the tournament are reserved for the women’s and men’s finals.
Many are rooting for Serena Williams to win her sixth US Open crown, but she will be facing top names on the field, including Li Na of China, Romanian player Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, French Open champion Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, who has won the US Open twice and Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who have also won the US tournament before.
With this line-up, the US Open promises to be one of the hottest events on this summer. Online and mobile betting company Ladbrokes has prepared its own ranking of the female players participating in the tournament. Here it is:
1. Eugenie Bouchard
The Canadian’s career in Grand Slams is only two years old, but things are looking promising, as Eugenie Bouchard seems to be in very good form. The tennis player had good results both at the Australian and French Open and an even better 2nd place at Wimbledon, where she lost to Petra Kvitova. Ladbrokes believes this defeat will only motivate her to pick up her first win.
2. Simona Halep
The Romanian top player is enjoying a very good year in Grand Slams, just like Bouchard. She certainly managed to catch everyone’s attention, proving to be a talented player and a powerful rival, but she didn’t manage to defeat Bouchard at Wimbledon and this puts her behind her Canadian rival.
3. Petra Kvitova
While winning her second Wimbledon title is a good sign for the 24-year-old Czech player, Ladbrokes has placed her third arguing that she has never made it beyond the fourth round in New York. She is clearly a very good tennis player, but not good enough to take the US Open cup, where she has only ever managed to win 10 of 16 matches.
4. Victoria Azarenka
She is a second favorite for the tournament and a beaten finalist in the last two years, but this is not enough to get her higher on this list. Azarenka suffered an injury to her foot, which made her miss out on three months of this season. She did however make a recovery and return, but she only played one tournament before falling in the second round of Wimbledon.
5. Serena Williams
The American might be a popular choice among tennis fans, but she’s only fifth in Ladbrokes’ chart. The betting operator believes the illness which caused her to abandon a Wimbledon doubles match just three games in still has an effect on her game. During the doubles match with her sister, she wasn’t even able to get the ball over the net.
After Williams pulled out of the Swedish Open because of the illness, it is still unclear when she’ll return. Besides, Ladbrokes says she wasn’t in good shape before that either, considering that she crashed out of her last two Slams before making it to the fourth round.
6. Maria Sharapova
The Russian favorite has not had much success in New York and her record is far from flattering. Over the past seven years, she only made it to the semi-finals once. She tends to dominate at the French Open, that’s for sure, but after that she generally has a hard time. According to Ladbrokes, her irregular appearances at the WTA Tour leave her vulnerable, so she only gets sixth place.
7. Li Na
Since she won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, Na hasn’t shined at any tournament of any kind. Throughout her career, she has only made it beyond the US Open quarter finals once, so chances that things will take a sudden turn for the better are slim.