Major slump not cooling Serena’s U.S. Open odds

Serena Williams has been chasing Margaret Court’s Open Era grand slam record since winning the Australian Open 31 months ago for her 23th career major title.

Williams has struggled through an injury-plagued 2019 that most recently included withdrawing from the Rogers Cup final due to a back injury and then withdrawing from the ensuing event in Cincinnati. She has now scratched from matches in two tournaments this year and retired from two others.

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Serena Williams wipes a tear from her eyes after withdrawing from the final of the Rogers Cup. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

She hasn’t played since, but the 38-year-old Williams is still the betting favorite heading into the start of the U.S. Open next week.

PointsBet lists Williams at +450, while DraftKings has her at +500 in what is considered a wide open women’s draw. Simona Halep, who dominated Williams in the Wimbledon final last month, is +750 by PointsBet and +650 by DraftKings.

Naomi Osaka retired from her semifinal match in Cincinnati due to a left knee injury. The reigning U.S. Open champion is the third betting favorite along with Ashleigh Barty at +800 by PointsBet, while DraftKings has Barty at +800 and Osaka at +1000.

FanDuel also has Williams as the favorite at +490, with Halep and Barty the co-second favorites at +750 and higher odds on Osaka (+1200) than the other two sportsbooks.

Last year, Williams reached the singles final in Flushing Meadow, where she is a six-time champion.

Williams’ sister, Venus, is being offered at +6500 by FanDuel, +8000 by PointsBet and +15000 by DraftKings. She is a two-time U.S. Open winner, with the most recent coming in 2001 in a finals victory over Serena.



Outright Winner Odds (PointsBet)

Serena Williams: +450
Simona Halep: +750
Naomi Osaka: +800
Ashleigh Barty: +800
Madison Keys: +1200
Karolina Pliskova: +1400
Angelique Kerber: +1600
Sloane Stephens: +1600
Petra Kvitova: +1600
Bianca Andreescu: +1600
Elina Svitolina: +2000
Aryna Sabalenka: +2500
Garbine Muguruza: +3300
Victoria Azarenka: +3300
Kiki Bertens: +3300
Belinda Bencic: +3300
Amanda Anismova: +3300
Caroline Wozniacki: +4000
Maria Sharapova: +4000
Marketa Vondrousova: +4000
Sofia Kenin: +4000
Anastasija Sevastova: +5000
Johanna Konta: +5000
Cori Gauff: +5000
Daria Kasatkina: +6600
Caroline Garcia: +6600
Jelena Ostapenko: +6600
Anett Kontaveit: +6600
Elise Mertens: +6600
Dayana Yastremska: +6600
Iga Swiatek: +6600
Julia Goerges: +8000
Venus Williams: +8000
Petra Martic: +10000
Danielle Collins: +10000
Coco Vandeweghe: +15000
Kristina Mladenovic: +15000
Su-Wei Hsieh: +15000
Maria Sakkari: +15000
Catherine Bellis: +20000
Carla Suarez Navarro: +25000
Camila Giorgi: +25000
Eugenie Bouchard: +25000
Daria Gavrilova: +25000
Sam Stosur: +25000
Katie Boulter: +25000
Kaia Kanepi: +25000
Ajla Tomljanovic: +25000

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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