Can Anyone Beat Serena At The 2015 U.S. Open?

Can Anyone Beat Serena At The 2015 U.S. Open?

Can Anyone Beat Serena At The 2015 U.S. Open?

Look, it probably doesn’t matter whether you’re a hard core tennis fan and betting enthusiast or a casual follower of the game that only likes to wager on the majors.

The bottom line on the Women’s WTA Tour side of the event is that only one ‘real’ question surrounds the year’s last grand slam tournament.

Can anyone take down athletically-gifted World No. 1 Serena Williams?

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Thanks to my expert tennis betting breakdown, you’re going to be well-armed with information on just which players stand the best chance of beating Serena Williams and bringing home the bacon by winning the 2015 U.S. Open.

2015 U.S. Open
Date: August 31 – September 13 2015 
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN.com

First, let’s take a look at the odds.

2015 U.S. Open Women’s WTA Odds

  • Williams, Serena EVEN
  • Azarenka, Victoria +600
  • Sharapova, Maria +800
  • Halep, Simona +1200
  • Kvitova, Petra +1200
  • Muguruza, Garbine +1600
  • Bencic, Belinda +1600
  • Wozniacki, Caroline +2000
  • Keys, Madison +2000
  • Radwanska, Agnieszka +3300
  • Bouchard, Eugenie +4000
  • Kerber, Angelique +4000
  • Safarova, Lucie +4000
  • Stephens, Sloane +4500
  • Ivanovic, Ana +5000
  • Williams, Venus +5000
  • Lisicki, Sabine +8000
  • Stosur, Samantha +10000
  • Petkovic, Andrea +10000
  • Cibulkova, Dominika +10000

Players Capable of Upsetting Serena Williams

  • Azarenka, Victoria +600
  • Sharapova, Maria +800
  • Halep, Simona +1200
  • Kvitova, Petra +1200
  • Muguruza, Garbine +1600
  • Bencic, Belinda +1600
  • Keys, Madison +2000
  • Wozniacki, Caroline +2000
  • Radwanska, Agnieszka +3300
  • Bouchard, Eugenie +4000
  • Kerber, Angelique +4000
  • Safarova, Lucie +4000
  • Stephens, Sloane +4500
  • Ivanovic, Ana +5000

Okay tennis betting enthusiasts… let’s take a look at the players that are most capable of taking don Serena Williams, since the 2015 U.S. Open is, in essence, a case of the entire field versus the world No. 1.

Outside of now, world No. 3 Maria Sharapova, who apparently has no chance of ever beating Williams again, each of the above players at least stands somewhat of a chance of pulling off the upset over Serena Williams.

Let’s get started with world No. 21 Victoria Azarenka. Sure, Williams owns a dominant 17-3 record against the former world No. 1, but Azarenka is one of the few players on tour that can match Williams’ aggressiveness.

I know Azarenka has lost five straight against Williams, but four of those matches went the distance and Azarenka is certainly not the kind of player to simply roll over for anyone, Serena Williams included.  The fiery native of Belarus is 24-10 on the year.

Sharapova is 34-7 this year with two titles to her credit, but she’s also lost a whopping 17 straight matches against Serena Williams dating back to 2005 after winning two of their first three matches including the 2004 Wimbledon title.

I absolutely love new world No. 2 Simona Halep (36-10) and the aggressive way the fiery Romanian plays. Halep has bagged three titles this year and put up one helluva’ fight against Williams in the final at Cincinnati this weekend before falling 6-3, 7-6 (5). Halep appears to be closing in on a slam title at some point in the near future after reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open this year and at least the quarters at three of the four majors in 2014.

Rounding out my group of players with the best chances of beating Serena Williams is a trio of players that have all managed to beat Williams at least once.

Petra Kvitova beat Williams at the 2014 WTA Tour finals in 2013, but she’s also been under the weather for a while this season after battling mononucleosis. The world No. 5 is 26-10 on the year with two titles, but she was also knocked out of Cincinnati in her first match against Caroline Garcia.

Garbine Muguruza is another up-and-coming young star that appears poised for big things. While Muguruza is just 1-3 in four career matches against Williams, she is 1-2 over the last three matches and has played Williams extremely tough in all three meetings.

Last, but certainly not least, is Belinda Bencic. The 18-year-old Swiss star is rising fast and just beat Williams in the final of the Rogers Cup two weeks ago to even her career record against Williams at 1-1.  Bencic is 33-18 on the year with two titles, but that’s not what I like about her most. Like Simona Halep, Bencic plays an aggressive game and simply doesn’t show any fear against anyone, not even the great Serena Williams.

In the end however, I simply don’t see anyone denying Serena Williams the coveted calendar year grand slam and genuinely believe that Williams’ loss to Bencic in Canada is the worst thing that could have happened to the rest of the women’s field in this year’s U.S. Open.

I like Serena Williams to complete her grand slam quest, with picks for Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza as my next most likely winners.

Bet on these Semi-finalists in the early going:

Williams, Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza.

The Winner Will Be Serena Williams