Women’s U.S. Open Tennis Expert PicksJosh Bailey
The U.S. Open Tennis Championship takes place from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11. After a bad showing at the Olympics, favored Serena Williams will look to make amends at the U.S. Open. Can Serena bounce back and take home yet another U.S. Open trophy?
Angelique Kerber had a great Olympics when losing in the gold medal match. Will Kerber carry over her excellent form to the U.S. Open? Who is the longshot to consider winning the 2016 U.S. Open Women’s Tennis Tournament?
Analyzing My Women’s U.S. Open Tennis Expert Picks
What: Tennis US Open
When: August 29- September 11, 2016
Where: New York City, New York
Stadium: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Stream: Watch ESPN
The Odds-On Favorite Pick To Win The U.S. Open: Serena Williams +115
Serena’s form at Wimbledon was brilliant. She and Venus not only dominated the women’s doubles tournament, but Serena also won the plate. She beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, to win her sixth Wimbledon Championship. She was as unstoppable at Wimbledon as she has been all year long.
What happened at the 2016 Rio Olympics? Serena looked to be cruising along, beating Daria Gavrilova in Round 1 and Alize Cornet in Round 2, before losing to 15th ranked Elina Svitolina in Round 3. Serena had given sports bettors clues that she wasn’t going to show her best at Rio during the Olympics. At times, it didn’t look like she even wanted to be there. She should show more fire during the U.S. Open. Serena has won 6 U.S. Open Championships but she lost in the U.S. Open last year. The odds seem too low to me.
The Smart Pick To Win The U.S. Open: Angelique Kerber +950
Kerber had no shot against Serena at Wimbledon this year. She did play well enough to make it to the Wimbledon Final. That’s a good sign. Another good sign is that Kerber has played well in the last 2 tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open. She lost to Monica Puig, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, in the gold medal match at the Rio Olympics. She lost 3-6, 1-6 to Karolina Pliskova in the final match of the Western and Southern Open this past weekend. Kerber’s best result at the U.S. Open was a semifinal finish in 2011. She’s playing well enough to at least make it to the finals in 2016.
The Longshot Pick To Win The U.S. Open: Petra Kvitova +1800
At Rio, Kvitova lost in the semifinals to Monica Puig. Puig beat her 4-6, 6-1, 3-6. Since Puig went on to win gold over Kerber, the loss wasn’t that bad. Kvitova skipped the Western and Southern Open. She is scheduled to play at the Connecticut Open this week where she’ll no doubt use the matches to practice shots for the U.S. Open. Kvitova’s best U.S. Open finish was in the quarterfinals. She has a shot at 18 to 1 to go further than that. If Serena has a bad day, who knows?