Who Will Be The Stars of the US Open Tennis Tournament 2018?

On Monday 27th August, the US Open Tennis Tournament, the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year got underway at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows, New York. This hard-court tournament is the final chance for the elite tennis superstars to claim a Grand Slam before the end of the season.

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Before we take a look ahead at the rest of the tournament, let’s give you a brief recap of some of the biggest news and result from the opening day of action.

Day One Headlines

Women’s top seed sent packing as the Williams sisters progress

The biggest shock of the opening day of the US Open came in the women’s singles event where top seed Simona Halep of Romania became the first top seed ever to lose in the opening round of the US Open, when she was beaten by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.

The Williams sisters could be on course for a third round family battle with both Serena and Venus winning their first round games on the first day of action. In truth, Halep apart, it was a good day for the top seeds in the women’s draw with only Magdalena Rybarikova (31st seed) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (27th seed) being eliminated alongside Halep.

Wawrinka shows class in defeating Dimitrov

In the men’s singles Swiss ace Stanislaw Wawrinka, a winner of this tournament in 2016 but forced to miss the 2017 tournament through injury, made a winning return with a stylish win over eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov. Another former winner making his return from injury to the event, Andy Murray, also won, with a 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Australian James Duckworth.

Top seed Rafael Nadal had a relatively easy day of it after his compatriot David Ferrer was forced to withdraw from their first round clash with injury, a disappointing end for Ferrer in what was his last Grand Slam match.

Two seeds that didn’t make it through included Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who was defeated by Paolo Lorenzi and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain who lost to the Aussie Jason Kubler.

Day Two Matches to Watch

With Day Two on the horizon, there are a number of interesting matches to look forward to, especially if you fancy a flutter on the event.

Women’s second seed Carolina Wozniacki, the current Australian Open Champion, will face a former US Open Champion in Sam Stosur of Australia in what could be a tricky match for the Dane with Stosur holding a 4-2 record over Wozniacki on hard courts.

Other big matches in the women’s singles today include Petra Kvitova taking on Yanina Wickmayer, Jelena Ostapenko taking on the giantkiller Andrea Petkovic, who has beaten a seeded player in the first round of each of the three previous Grand Slam tournaments this year. British fans will also be keen to see how Johanna Konta performs in her tough first round match against the sixth seed French player Caroline Garcia.

In the men’s draw there are a number of interesting matches involving the top players, such as Roger Federer seeking his first US Open win since 2008, beginning his quest for the title against Yoshihito Nishioka. Alex Zverev, the fourth seed takes on Peter Polansky and Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic will take on Marton Fucsovics.

Who will win the Women’s Singles at the US Open?

After the shock exit of Simona Halep, the women’s single tournament is now wide open with the bookies now having Serena Williams as the slight favourite to land the win, in what would be her first win since returning to the game after giving birth to her daughter last year.

Outside of Serena, the current holder Sloane Stephens is 7/1 to defend the title she won last year, while Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the current Wimbledon champion, is also a 7/1 chance. After that the odds increase significantly to the trio of Muguruza, Kvitova and Svitolina who are all 14/1 chances with another American, Madison Keys rated a 16/1 chance.

Given the open nature of women’s Grand Slam events in recent times, it is not easy to pick a winner. I’ll freely admit that before the tournament began I fancied Halep to go well, so her elimination has just made this tournament even more unpredictable. Serena is the smart pick to earn her seventh US Open victory, but I just wonder if she has the stamina to go deep in the tournament.

I think Serena Williams is the pick for an outright win bet but if you fancy a bet on the each way market on a player to reach the final, then I think that Caroline Wozniacki at 25/1 is a great shout, if she can get through her tough first round match.

Who will win the Men’s Singles at the US Open?

It is notable that the three winners of the Grand Slam titles this year in men’s tennis have been Roger Federer (Australian Open), Rafael Nadal (French Open) and Novak Djokovic (Wimbledon) and it is likely that the big three will play a prominent role in deciding who wins the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year and that is clearly evident when you view the odds for the tournament.

Outside of that trio of top stars, I think a solid each way option to reach the final is Stan Wawrinka, who is a 22/1 shot with bet365 at the moment. The Swiss ace defeated a tough opponent in eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the first round and on his day he is one of the few men’s players able to match the star trio at their best. He is also a former winner here and with a bit of luck in the draw, he could well go deep.

As for the winner, I think it is hard to look beyond the top three players and while I would like Federer to reclaim this title, I think that Rafael Nadal’s form at the moment is good enough to make him a real contender here and at 12/5 he would be my pick for the outright winner bet.