Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber will take plenty of beating at Flushing Meadows as they hunt for their 2nd and 4th Grand Slam titles respectively. Americans Sloane Stephens and Maddison Keys also appear ready to step out of the shadows by fellow countrywomen Venus and Serena Williams, whilst Caroline Wozniacki and Aussie Ash Barty might be one for value hunters. Here we take a quick look at the three favourites.
Despite a capitulation in the final at Wimbledon which saw her lose 6-3, 6-3 to Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams is the one to beat in the US Open. A seven-time winner of the event, the powerful right-hander has been seeded 17th and will be looking to improve on her form in the lead up to this event (she has lost in the Round of 32 in two of her past three tournaments).
The winner of this year’s French Open, Halep has been in a rich vein of form of late. The talented Romanian followed up a triumph in the Canadian Open earlier this month by winning through to the final of the Cincinnati Masters (a match she lost 6-2, 6-7, 2-6 to Kiki Bertens).
The big question for many though is if the No.1 seed will have the game to match Williams given the American has won four of their past five encounters.
A three-time Grand Slam champion, Kerber has reached the 3rd Round or better in six of the past seven US Opens. Although the German’s very recent form is questionable, her win at Wimbledon in July indicates that she is likely to be in the mix at the back end of the tournament’s final week. An aggressive left-hander, Kerber is currently on the third line of betting in the US Open futures market and will be a popular pick amongst punters