Most of The Top Players Are Skipping the Tournaments in Cleveland and Chicago
This is the calm before the storm as the start of the US Open is fast approaching. What better time to take a look at the WTA US Open betting preview.
There is a WTA 250 event in Cleveland and a 125 tournament in Chicago going on right now. However, many of the top players on the women’s side are using this week to rest in preparation for the final Grand Slam tournament of 2023. With back-to-back WTA 1000 events on the tennis schedule, taking a week to get ready for the grueling two-week run in New York is probably smart scheduling.
Caroline Garcia and Sloane Stephens are among the big names playing in the Cleveland tournament.
Some of the WTA players who could have taken part in those tournaments are taking their chances trying to make it through the US Open qualifying draw.
Iga Swiatek is looking to become the first back-to-back women’s singles champion since Serena Williams accomplished the feat in 2013 and 2014.
Venus Williams, who might be playing in her final US Open, Bianca Andreescu, Sloane Stephens and Emma Raducanu join Swiatek as former champions in the field.
The main draw at the US Open is set to start on Monday. The US Open bracket will be finalized on Thursday when the draw is conducted in New York.
When looking ahead to the US Open schedule, keep in mind that nine seeded players lost in the first round of the 2022 event. The biggest name eliminated in the opening round was former World No. 1 Simona Halep. She is serving a provisional doping suspension and is not in the 2023 field.
Eyeing A Repeat
When it comes to the WTA US Open betting preview, there has been very little movement in the odds for defending champion Iga Swiatek, the top-ranked team on the WTA tour as her odds to win back-to-back US Open titles have recently gone from +220 to +225.
Since losing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon to Elina Svitolina, Swiatek won a 250 event in Warsaw where she did not face a player ranked in the top 50 before falling to Americans Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff in the semifinals at Montreal and Cincinnati.
Swiatek already has one Grand Slam title this year after winning for the third time at the French Open.
Once the draw is finalized, there will be a better sense of Swiatek’s chance to repeat when it comes to the US Open predictions.
A Look At U.S. Hopes
Serena Williams is the last player to win back-to-back women’s singles titles at the US Open as she topped Victoria Azarenka in the 2013 final and cruised past Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in 2014.
Three years later, Sloane Stephens topped Madison Keys in an all-American women’s singles final. Since then, Williams made it to a pair of finals but no Americans have won the Grand Slam held on U.S. soil.
In 2020, Williams and Jennifer Brady both lost in the semifinals. The next year, no Americans reached the quarterfinals and in last year’s event, Pegula and Gauff both fell in the quarterfinals.
Pegula won the title in Montreal and Gauff was the champion in Cincinnati so both are headed into the US Open with plenty of confidence and that is evident when looking at the WTA US Open betting preview.
Pegula (+1000) is fourth in the US Open outrights with Gauff not far behind at +1200 after winning in Washington D.C. as well as in Cincinnati.
Madison Keys (+3500) is always a threat on the faster services but she is not the No. 3 American in the US Open outrights as that honor goes to Danielle Collins as she is priced at +3300 to win the US Open.
Best of the Rest
Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina both come in at +500 to win the title and that trails only Swiatek.
Sabalenka just reached the semifinals in Cincinnati before losing to Karolina Muchova.
Rybakina got to the semifinals in Toronto. However, her run in Cincinnati ended when she retired in the second set in the Round of 16 to Jasmine Paolini.
Ons Jabeur, the No. 5 ranked player in the world, is next at +1600. Since losing in the finals at Wimbledon, she only played in Cincinnati and lost to Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.
Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova and Muchova are both priced at +2200 with Liudmila Samsonova next at +2500.
As for the other players ranked in the top 10, No. 7 Caroline Garcia and No. 8 Maria Sakkari join Veronika Kudermetova and 16-year-old Maria Andreeva in a logjam at +3000.
A Quick Look Back
Eleven of the top 16 seeds were gone at the 2022 US Open before the start of the Round of 16.
Swiatek, the top seed, was joined in the quarterfinals by No. 5 seed Jabeur, No. 6 seed Garcia and No. 8 Pegula.
Swiatek took care of Pegula in the quarterfinals and then won a tough three-set semifinal with Sabalenka.
Jabeur dispatched unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic and No. 17 seed Garcia to reach the final.
Swiatek won in straight sets to win her first US Open title. Jabeur did extend the second set to a tiebreaker.
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