The US Open is the final Grand Slam of 2016 and, as we have seen in previous years, this is the one major tournament in tennis which can throw up a surprise result. In 2014 in the men’s competition, Marin Cilic won his maiden Grand Slam title, beating Kei Nishikori in the final, and 12 months ago, in the women’s tournament, Flavia Pennetta beat her Italian compatriot Roberta Vinci in an unpredictable result to win her first big event in tennis.
Novak Djokovic will start the 2016 men’s tournament as the odds-on 4-5 favourite, but after an early exit at Wimbledon and a similar disappointment in the men’s Olympic competition, there is a strong case to take the Serbian on at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Andy Murray will no doubt be in contention for his second US Open title and he can be backed at 9-4 to win his second Grand Slam of the year after he came out on top at Wimbledon. However, he went out of this tournament in the fourth round in 2015, losing in a shock result to Kevin Anderson.
The preference in the outright betting for the men’s tournament has to be Milos Raonic. He is 16-1 with Betway to win his maiden Grand Slam crown. The big-hitting Canadian has had his most consistent year to date. He reached the semi-final of the Australian Open back in January, while earlier this summer he fell to Murray in the final on grass at Wimbledon.
The experience in London will be hugely beneficial to Raonic, who has got the game to trouble the very best in the sport. If Djokovic is not quite firing and Murray feels the strain of what has been a really long year so far, the Canadian can take advantage on his favourite surface in New York.
In the women’s US Open, Serena Williams will be desperate to make up for her disappointment in 2015, where she fell short of winning the calendar Grand Slam after losing to Vinici in the semi-final of her home Grand Slam event.
Williams has had a mixed season so far by her high standards. She was beaten in the finals of the Australian Open and French Open but she did go one better at Wimbledon, beating Angelique Kerber in the final. The American went into the women’s Olympic tournament as the hot favourite but she was surprisingly beaten by Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
The mixed form of Williams means she is hard to back with confidence at 6/5. Instead, the advice is to side with Simona Halep, who is 8/1 with Betway to win her first Grand Slam.
It is only a matter of time before Halep joins tennis’s list of Grand Slam winners. She has been ranked right near the top of the women’s rankings for some years now but just has not had the breaks required to succeed in the four major tournaments.
Halep showed what great form she was in recently when she won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on the hard courts. She beat some good players en-route to that title, including Kerber and Madison Keys in the final.
Although she has been around for a long time on the WTA, Halep is only 24, so she is unlikely to have peaked yet in the sport. She reached the semi-final 12 months ago but was beaten by the winner.
Men’s US Open – Milos Raonic to win outright @ 16/1 with Betway
Women’s US Open – Simona Halep to win outright @ 8/1 with Betway