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2011 US Open Tennis Betting – Seedings announced ahead of draws

No surprises in seeding for Flushing Meadows

25th August 2011 / Lee A Jackson
Sports News

The seedings for the 2011 US Open tennis event at Flushing Meadows, New York have been released. There are no great surprises, and perhaps the biggest news is that the organisers have resisted the temptation to shuffle with the women’s seedings (which is usually based on WTA world rankings) to accommodate Serena Williams. There were hints that Serena Williams, who has won three times at Flushing Meadows in her career, would be elevated up the seedings list due to her past Grand Slam performances. Serena Williams and sister Venus have been missing in action from most of the year for one injury concern or another, but have recently gotten their foot back in the door. So organisers were wondering if Serena should be put in higher in the seedings, as opposed to following the order of the world rankings. They have decided not to, and that leaves Serena Williams down as 28th seed (because her world ranking dropped because of not playing most of the year). Why is this important for your 2011 US Open tennis betting? Well, only because it will mean that she will run into higher seeds earlier in the tournament as opposed to later. But, nonetheless, the bookies are actively backing her, as she just won back to back WTA titles in Stanford and Toronto, and although she is just back, the bookies recognise the threat she carries and have slashed her odds, despite her seeding to go as favourite in 2011 US Open tennis betting. Therefore, Caroline Wozniacki, who is the world number one, will go into Flushing Meadows as the top seed, as she guns for her first ever Grand Slam title (compare that to the 13 Serena Williams has won!). Wozniacki did reach the final at Flushing Meadows last year, and will be hungry, even though she has been going through a bit of a slump on Tour. One name absent from the seedings, is that of Kim Clijsters, the defending champion. The Belgian won’t be able to step up and defend her title, pulling out of Flushing Meadows due to a stomach muscle injury. Vera Zvonareva goes as second seed and the rest of the world rankings move up a spot in seedings, due to the absence of world number three Clijsters. That’s great new for Victoria Azarenka, the new world number five, who moves up into the fourth seed spot, which means that she will avoid the players above her until the semi’s and final.

2011 US Open Seedings (top ten) and outright winner odds:
1. Caroline Wozniacki (20/1 at Stan James)
2. Vera Zvonareva (19/1 at Bwin)
3. Maria Sharapova (9/2 at Bet365)
4. Victoria Azarenka (11/1 at Boylesports)
5. Petra Kvitova (14/1 at Boylesports)
6. Li Na (25/1 at Totesport)
7. Francesca Schiavone (150/1 at Victor Chandler)
8. Marion Bartoli (40/1 at Bet365)
9. Samantha Stour (50/1 at Boylesports)
10. Andrea Petkovic (40/1 at BetFred)
….
28. Serena Williams (13/8 favourite at Victor Chandler)

In the Men’s seedings for the 2011 US Open, there have been no surprises at all. The ATP world rankings  have been kept in tact. All this means is that top big four will be kept in separate quarters, so there are going to be no major clashes until the semi finals at least. Just as with every other Grand Slam and ATP Tour 1000 Masters played this season. Nothing is going to change all that. What does this mean for Britain’s Andy Murray 2011 US Open tennis betting? Well he will likely be thrust alongside defending champion Rafael Nadal at the semi final stage, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to come together. After winning in Stanford, Andy Murray’s chances have been touted as being better than ever for Flushing Meadows. Rafael Nadal bombed out of the ATP Connecticut, along with Roger Federer before the semi finals, so with them struggling to get on top of their games at the moment, Murray could sneak in the back door. There is the major problem of world number one Novak Djokovic still to contend with. Murray was a set up in the final in Stanford against Djokovic, when the Serb retired injured. Djokovic has said that he will be ready for the trip to Flushing Meadows. But are the stars aligning for Andy Murray in his quest to become a Grand Slam tennis champion?

2011 US Open Seedings (top ten) and outright winner odds
1 Novak Djokovic (6/4 at SkyBet)
2 Rafael Nadal (5/1 at Totesport)
3 Roger Federer (9/2 at Bet365)
4 Andy Murray (6/1 at BetFred)
5 David Ferrer (200/1 at Victor Chandler)
6 Robin Soderling (50/1 at Totesport)
7 Gael Monfils (150/1 at Victor Chandler)
8 Mardy Fish (34/1 at Unibet)
9 Tomas Berdych (50/1 at Boylesports)
10 Nicolas Almagro (250/1 at Bet356)

Draws for the 2011 US Open announced on Thursday, August 25th



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