There are no two ways about it, Serena Williams has been dominating the women’s game for as long as anyone can remember, and that makes her the one to beat when the US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadow in New York on Monday, August 29th. There is going to be some stiff competition, though, and how this tournament plays out will depend on how the draw goes on Friday. Serena will be the top seed, as she is way ahead of the pack in the WTA rankings, and that will almost certainly mean that she is the overwhelming betting odds favorite to get her title back after losing it for the first time in 4 years in 2015. Let’s take a closer look at the women who have a legitimate shot at walking away with the US Open crown.
US Open Women’s Winning Predictions
At 34 years old, you have to think that Serena Williams time at the top is getting close to the end. She has routinely made it into finals this year, but has only one major to show for her efforts. She picked up the win at Wimbledon, but followed that up with a lackluster performance in Rio. Her early exit there may actually be a blessing in disguise, as she got herself a little extra rest and relaxation heading into this event.
It has been a very solid year for the German, as she has made it to a pair of different Grand Slam finals. She got here year off to a great start with a win at the Australian Open. She went out in the opening round of the French Open, but landed in the final at Wimbledon, where she lost to Serena Williams. She should be on the opposite side of the draw from Serena, which means we may get a possible re-match.
It has been something of an up and down season for the Spaniard, but a win at the French Open makes it clear that she has the ability to win when her game is on. She has made a bit of a habit of going out early in tournaments this season, so she will be looking for a favorable draw that will help her build a head of steam.
She started out her 2016 by winning the Shenzhen Gemdale Open, but has not made it to a final since then. That said, she has made a habit of going deep in tournaments, and has a pair of semi-final losses to Serena Williams on her resume this season. If she can land on the other side of the draw from Serena, there is no reason why she can’t make it all the way to the final.
After a slow start to the season, the Romanian has found her feet, and has three titles to her name this season, the most recent of which came in Toronto at the Rogers Cup. She made it all the way to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, and should at least get that far in this one, assuming the draw goes her way.