The final Grand Slam of the year is here and Al Dannity is expecting some great Tennis, despite the absence of Serena Williams.
Don’t look past Federer Rafael Nadal may have dominated the spring and early summer tournaments but August has seen a resurgent Roger Federer move into pole position for the U.S. Open, which kicks off on Monday. There’s no doubting Nadal has been the player of the year to date, winning in Roland Garros and Wimbledon and dominating the clay court season, but he has never succeeded on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows.
Judging by current form, particularly from results in the U.S. Open Series, there’s little reason to think Nadal will be able to make a breakthrough in New York this year. Instead the form players are Federer and Andy Murray, who currently hold the joint-lead in the U.S. Open Series. Mardy Fish is the best home prospect and he has shown some promise in recent weeks. Fish’s inability to close the deal in Cincinnati however means I’m staying away from him here. Look for Murray and Federer to both make the semi-finals, and possibly meet in the final. I like Federer to pick up his second Grand Slam of the year, and his sixth U.S. Open title, at +200 with Sports Interaction.
Wozniacki can capitalize on Serena’s injury With Serena Williams out through injury, the world’s top female Tennis players will see Flushing Meadows as a golden opportunity to claim a Grand Slam title in her absence. The default option to replace Serena at favorite is her sister Venus. The elder Williams has not had a great 2010, at least by her high standards, and I don’t like her to go deep in New York. Tennis betting fans should also steer clear of French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who has endured a rough summer since her triumph in Roland Garros. Samantha Stosur, who lost to Schiavone in that final, is also an unwise bet as she isn’t in good form either.
After going out in Roland Garros through injury, Elena Dementieva is worth a shot as a dark horse at +1800. The two favorites for this event however are Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki. Not only are Clijsters and Wozniacki the top two seeds, the duo have been in tremendous form in recent weeks.
Clijsters, the defending champion, is available at +300, but Wozniacki looks a better call here. The young Dane has looked on the verge of making the breakthrough in a Grand Slam for over a year now. My one concern with Wozniacki is that she decided to play the Pilot Pen tournament this week, meaning she won’t be well rested for the final slam of the year. I don’t think it will prove too much of a hindrance for a player with the fitness of the Dane. After losing last year’s final to Clijsters, I like Wozniacki to go one better and take the title in New York. Bet on Caroline Wozniacki at +700 with Sports Interaction to win the U.S. Open.