2013 US Open Women’s Tennis Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Sharapova withdrawal leaves two horse race at Flushing Meadows?

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2013 US Open Tennis Betting Info
The lines have now been drawn for the Women at Flushing Meadows this year and each will know what they will have to go through to make it to the final. The tournament has lost one of its strongest candidates, with Russia’s Maria Sharapova pulling out of things because of an injury. For many, that has simply left a two horse race to the finish line between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. The top two seeds avoid each other until the final, so is that the way it will all pan out?

Latest 2013 US Open Tennis Betting Prices at online bookmaker Boylesports
Serena Williams 5/6, Victoria Azarenka 3/1, Agnieszka Radwanska 20/1, Li Na 25/1, Sam Stosur 25/1, Petra Kvitova 25/1, Sloane Stephens 40/1

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2013 US Open Tennis Betting Favourite
It is Serena Williams who will be lining up as favourite at Flushing Meadows. There aren’t going to be many people arguing with that, and probably not too many punters who are going to be going against her favouritism either. Williams has won the Grand Slam title four times before in her career at Flushing Meadows, including last year, so she returns as defending Champion. It was against Azarenka which she won in last year’s showcase and has been trending as strong favourite for a while now. Interestingly, she hasn’t had the dominance in the Slam’s which she looked like she would have at the start of the season. Her only win this year so far, came at the French Open and carries a 14-2 match record in this year’s Slams to the US Open. Given her strong head to head against Sharapova, the Russian’s absence hasn’t really made that much of a difference to things. As can be seen in the strong favouritism of 5/6 with Boylesports, most are expecting a Williams win.

2013 US Open Tennis Betting Tips:
It looks as if it may be down only to Victoria Azarenka to stop Williams. The Belarusian did just that in the final of Cincinnati recently. Azarenka fought back brilliantly after being crushed in the opening set of the final, taking the title in a tie break. It was, thankfully, which made 2013 US Open tennis betting just that little bit more interesting. Two of the three meetings between the two players this year have been won by Azarenka, finally starting to register in the head to head (which stands at 12-3 in favour of Williams). Since pulling out of Wimbledon with an injury, Azarenka has been to the final of her two tournament’s entered, winning one. So she looks to have paced her return well and should be a good shot at the final. If she meets Williams in the final, then it’ll be worth looking at the match going to three sets.

However, Azarenka has a much tougher quarter of the draw than Williams does. Dominika Cibulkova, Sam Stosur, and Petra Kvitova could all be massive hurdles for her to get past. Stosur beat Azarenka in the final of Carlsbad recently, while Kvitova is always a tough and awkward challenge to go up against as well. The top seed that Williams could met in the semi finals, is Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Sadly, after such a stellar and competitive season last year, Kerber just hasn’t found the same kind of level, nowhere near it. We were touting her as a potential dark horse in last year’s US Open draw, nowhere near it this time around. So with Williams set to dominate the first quarter, and realistically, Azarenka taking the fourth quarter, it’ll be worth scanning the rest of the field to try and look for an upset along the way.

In the second quarter, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is topping the bill as third seed. Again, this season she has produced some beautiful tennis, but just looks one competitive gear short of being a Grand Slam champion, especially with Williams around. If they meet in the semi final of the top half of the draw, it would be the power of Williams all the way there. But the quarter ahead for Radwanska is pretty tricky as well. China’s Na Li looks a bit threat, because she will carry a lot of weight on the hard court and would actually fancy her chances going up against Williams in a potential semi final, more than that of Radwanska’s. Na is in pretty sharp form on the return to the hard court swing and would suggest she makes the best value to win the second quarter and is our biggest threat behind the big two.

Also floating around the same quarter is Sabine Lisicki and Jelena Jankovic, who has found a whole new lease of life, producing some cracking, revitalizing tennis this season out of nowhere. The third quarter of the 2013 US Open draw is just as fascinating. Leading the line is Sara Errani, who actually would make sense to back. She has stepped up so well generally in Grand Slams and big tournaments over the past year or so, would expect her to be in the quarter final mix. Caroline Wozniacki is the biggest potential threat there in the quarter, which is, arguably the weakest of the lost. The winner of that quarter would potentially be facing Victoria Azarenka for a place in the final. So look for quarter betting to kick things off for some value.