US Open Odds and Preview for the 2021 Women’s Singles

By Zarko Naric in Tennis
| August 26, 2021 6:29 am PST

Naomi Osaka is coming to New York to try to defend her US Open title from 2020. She’s not going to have an easy job as there are literally dozens of amazing players who have set their eyes on the throne.

All the top 10 players from the WTA Rankings will take part in the 2021 US Open.

Obviously, anything can happen at this tournament, but one thing is certain – we’re in for a lot of excitement over the course of the next couple of weeks.

If you’re betting on the US Open in 2021 – particularly the women’s side – check out this guide to betting on tennis and then take a look at the odds and top contenders.

2021 WTA US Open Odds

It’s been a while since the race for the WTA tournament of the 2021 US Open has been this close. Naomi Osaka is seen as the main favorite, but literally anyone from the list of top 15 candidates could win it.

Considering there are 2,000 ranking points at stake, we could see some major changes in the WTA Rankings after this tournament. For instance, if the #1 favorite doesn’t manage to defend her title, we could see Osaka making several steps down the WTA ladders.

Further, if Karolina Pliskova or Sofia Kenin win the 2021 US Open, they could get to the #2 spot in the list of the best female tennis players on Earth.

The only player who’s safe is the current WTA #1, Ashleigh Barty. The Australian player has nothing to fear for – whatever happens, she will stay at the top.

Assessing the Main Favorites in the WTA Tournament

Oddsmakers seem to think the WTA tournament of the 2021 US Open is going to be a battle between Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty. They’re the only two players with odds under +1000.

No surprise there, as Osaka is the reigning champ, while Barty is the world #1. So, which one should do better?

Naomi Osaka

Let’s start with Osaka, the player who won the 2020 tournament. That was only her second tournament of the year after she took a six-month break from tennis due to COVID-19 concerns.

She did very well in that tournament, even managing to beat Victoria Azarenka in the final despite losing the first set 6-1.

Osaka also started the year 2021 in top gear, winning the Australian Open without dropping a single set. Impressive, no doubt about that, but it happened six months ago. Since then, she hasn’t done much.

In fact, since that tournament, Osaka lost six of the 14 matches she played. This includes the match of the round 16 at the 2020 Olympics, held in her native Japan.

Ashleigh Barty

She’s been at the top of the WTA Rankings since 2019 and has no plans of going anywhere. As she didn’t play in the 2020 US Open, she has nothing to worry about losing points. Actually, it’s just the opposite – Barty can only gain points from this tournament.

Knowing how brilliant she’s been lately; it seems certain she will acquire at least some points. Another reason why I’m sure of that is that Barty is coming to New York after winning the trophy in Cincinnati.

Before that, we saw her win the 2021 Wimbledon, as well as three other tournaments. The only time she failed miserably was at the Olympics, where she lost in Round 1.

Other Women’s US Open Threats

Among the other contenders for the 2021 US Open WTA title, there are a few names that stand out. One of those is Victoria Azarenka, who lost the 2020 final to Naomi Osaka.

Then, there are two rising stars in the mix – Iga Swiatek and Bianca Andreescu. Despite being only in their early twenties, both look capable of winning the trophy.

Finally, we mustn’t forget Belinda Bencic, who’s been fantastic this year, even winning the gold medal at the Olympics.

Victoria Azarenka

She’s still without a single title in 2021, but the 32-year-old surely has talent on her side. She’s the winner of two Australian Open titles, she’s played in three US Open finals, as well as two Wimbledon semis.

As she’s slowly approaching the sunset of her career, Azarenka might not have too many opportunities left to add another major to her collection.

Iga Swiatek

She might be only 21, but Swiatek needs to be feared. She’s playing fantastic tennis right now, best of her career. In fact, she’s currently the #7 in the WTA Rankings, the highest she’s ever been.

Despite her young age, Poland’s finest player already has one Grand Slam title in her cupboard. Last year, she won the title at the French Open.

However, that tournament is played on clay, which seems to be her favorite surface. In fact, five of the seven tournaments she’s won so far were clay-court events. The bad news for her is that the 2021 US Open is played on the hardcourt.

Bianca Andreescu

She won the US Open two years ago, when she was only 19. When that happened, everyone started talking about Andreescu as the future queen of tennis. However, the year 2020 happened.

Not only did she had to take a long leave from tennis due to the COVID-19 pandemic (same as everyone else), but she also suffered a serious knee injury. As a result, she ended up playing zero matches in 2020.

She’s back in 2021, but her form isn’t as great as two years ago. Can she do something about it? Oddsmakers think she could, putting her among the strongest title candidates for the 2021 US Open.

Belinda Bencic

Even though her WTA Ranking suggests otherwise, Bencic needs to be thought of as one of the top title candidates. After all, she’s the Olympic champion.

She’s been playing fantastic tennis this whole year, but especially in the last couple of months.

Bencic has been particularly good on the hardcourt, the kind of surface used at the US Open courts. We saw her win nine of her previous ten hardcourt matches.

Betting on Women’s Singles at the 2021 US Open

Who’s going to win the Women’s Singles tournament at the 2021 US Open? I say, Ashleigh Barty. Why? The 25-year-old Australian is the best female player in the world, that’s why.

Of course, the competition this year is incredibly tough, so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else won it.

However, I’m pretty sure the reigning champ will keep the title in her possession. The thing is that Osaka just isn’t in a good shape right now.

Be sure to check out our picks for the Men’s Singles US Open, too.

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