Favourites for the 2018 US Open Women’s Title
It could be the most exciting Grand Slam of the year for women’s tennis. The field of US Open favourites for 2018 looks as wide-open as it has been at any time in the modern game.
Battling it out are inconsistent former world number ones, rising stars who’ve reached highs and lows this season, and in Serena Williams, a great who has threatened to return to her best, but who hasn’t quite hit it yet.
So who will emerge from the assembled pack to claim this year’s crown at Flushing Meadows? Here are our six top tips to win the 2018 women’s US Open title.
Serena Williams to Win the US Open?
While it’s not possible just yet to tell exactly where Serena Williams is in her comeback mission, it’s fair to assume that it’s only a matter of time before the six-time US Open champion is back winning majors.
Williams has been frank about the challenges she’s faced since returning to the tennis circuit after the birth of her baby last year, but at Wimbledon, she demonstrated her power, serve, speed and fitness are quickly restoring.
Most of all, the 36-year-old’s self-belief and sheer drive to be the best show no sign of abating.
Her form may be a little up-and-down, but the courts of the Billie Jean King Centre are Williams' “home” venue and there’s no better place for her to make a return to Grand Slam-winning ways. Serena has been installed as favourite, such is the unshakeable confidence in her ability to return to the top.
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Angelique Kerber to Win the US Open?
Kerber has looked a little listless since her summer Wimbledon win and she has some form for suffering Grand Slam hangovers. The German came into last year’s US Open as defending champion but was dispatched in the first round by Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka.
The 30-year-old’s run to Wimbledon glory was made somewhat easier by the top 10 seeds exiting the tournament early, but that’s not to take anything away from a stunning victory against Serena Williams in the final.
On her day, Kerber mixes aggression with a defensive counter-punching intuition. The 2016 champion has enjoyed a solid 2018, reaching the semis in Australia and the quarters in France. If she catches a few breaks, the left-hander could yet justify her installation as one of the favourites for the US Open.
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Simona Halep to Win the US Open?
Halep finally made her Grand Slam breakthrough this year, winning the 2018 French Open after having already made a major final in Australia earlier in the season.
The acrylic-asphalt of Flushing Meadows suits her game. Halep has played her best tennis on North American hard courts and the Romanian has one of the highest win percentages on this surface of those on the WTA tour.
Often labelled as plucky and scrappy, Halep’s successes this year have quietened doubters who pointed to her poor record of converting tournament final appearances into wins.
The 26-year-old has been the world’s number one ranked female for much of the past 12 months, but two Grand Slams this season would really rubberstamp her position at the top of the women’s game.
Halep is the current number one and will be looking for another win at Flushing Meadows. Bet UK has the latest tennis betting odds, including Simona Halep to win the US Open.
Garbine Muguruza to Win the US Open?
Muguruza hasn’t had the best of seasons. Plagued by an ongoing arm injury, the 24-year-old has reached the latter stages of several tour events, including the semi-final at Roland Garros, but plenty of other tournaments have seen lacklustre early exits.
The former world number one and two-time Grand Slam champion has yet to find a level of consistency, but she has time on her side and has a knack pulling a big-stage performance out of the bag when it’s least expected.
Muguruza is in the top five list of favourites for the US Open for a reason, and she could be well placed to benefit should there be a cull of top seeds early on.
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Karolina Pliskova to Win the US Open?
Pliskova was the only top 10 seed to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. Not the biggest boast perhaps, or an indication of her chances for the US major, but in the wide-open women’s tennis scene, it could yet prove to be a hint of the Czech star’s chances at Flushing Meadows.
The 26-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the blistering success that she did in 2017, but Pliskova did win the Stuttgart Open and reached the semi-finals in Brisbane and Madrid. She also made the quarters at Roland Garros.
Pliskova’s tennis packs a punch, and if the 6ft 1in star can reach the peak of her powerful service game, she has a great chance of a good run at this year’s US Open.
Johanna Konta to Win the US Open?
Something of an outside bet at this year’s tournament, Konta could represent good value for those looking at the pack just behind the favourites. There’s every chance a moderate outsider could emerge and snatch the 2018 crown, and Konta has already made headlines this season.
Inflicting Serena Williams’ worst career defeat in early August, Konta had endured a testing year up to that point, but she is building up a head of steam in the warm-ups ahead of Flushing Meadows.
Konta’s hard-hitting style and single-minded determination could see her capitalise on some confidence-boosting performances in recent weeks and the Brit just might be returning to her best just in time for the US Open.
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