The 2023 US Open is upon us. Nothing beats the bright lights and the crowds of New York City. It is an experience like none of the other tennis majors. Each is unique in its own way, but something is special about the US Open. With the North American hardcourt swing wrapping up, all eyes are on Flushing Meadows, New York for the year’s final major.
Earlier we looked at the men’s odds to win the 2023 US Open, now we are going to take a look at the women’s side of things and who the oddsmakers have pegged as the favourite. Obviously, everyone is talking about the Big 3 in women’s tennis with Iga Swiatek leading the way. She is the defending champion. But her summer hardcourt swing came up short of two trophies with losses coming in the semifinals to the winners in Jessica Pegula in Montreal and Coco Gauff in Cincinnati.
Like always with the WTA tour, there have three different winners to begin the year. Sometimes there is an unknown that can win this thing. But look out for those two young Americans who have a chance to do something special in New York. It will be really interesting to see who comes out with the trophy.
The defending champion Iga Swiatek is +250 to defend her title in a loaded field. Over the last eight women’s US Open champions have been first-time winners. Anything is possible.
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With first-round action set to begin on Monday, here is a look at the latest odds to win the 2023 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The US Open runs from August 28 through September 10.
US Open Odds (via DraftKings Sportsbook)
Swiatek is having another season to remember. She won another French Open along with titles in Qatar, Stuggart, and Poland. She also made the finals of Dubai and Madrid. In other big-time WTA 1000 events, she lost in the semifinals. Along the way, Swiatek lost to her two big rivals Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka. It is not the same season she had last year when she was the clear-cut favourite. If you watched the Netflix series BreakPoint, you saw the pressure she was under last year to win the tournament. She has struggled to close matches but is a multiple-time Grand Slam champion. She can never be counted as she modelled her mindset after Rafael Nadal.
Even with Swiatek as the favourite to win the women’s tournament lurking in the wings are Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff. Gauff at +1400 is a value play-winning WTA 500 event in Washington, D.C. and WTA 1000 event in Cincinnati. She has a new coach in Brad Gilbert and is 11-1 with two titles with Gilbert in her corner. The forehand and serve is much better. Look out for the dynamic duo in New York.
Pegula +1000 is having a great summer as well. Her win in Montreal was a special feat despite the circumstances of the other semifinalist and the final being played on the same day. She did her job. The Americans are taking over again. But they never went away on the women’s side. It is the first time ever that American women swept events in Canada and Cincinnati as the latter was reinstated back in 2004. It is the first time since 2015 that Americans won back-to-back big events.
We can’t forget about the rest of the field either, which includes Rybakina, Sabalenka, and 2023 Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova. Rybakina (+600) and Sabalenka (+500) have the tools and talent to win on the surface.
Then there is Ons Jabeur, also at +1600 to win. Jabeur is sneaky good, and she was a finalist from a year. A motivated Jabeur is a dangerous one as we saw at Wimbledon. It will be interesting to see what Caroline Wozniacki does.
Any woman can win this title as qualifying begins this week during US Open Free Week, with the tournament getting underway Monday, August 28th.
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