2016 U.S. Open Betting Predictions

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 29, 2016 in

This year’s U.S. Open may not feature as much drama as that 1991 bracket that saw 39-year-old Jimmy Connors roll all the way to the semifinals, but if your sports betting includes takes on the tennis majors, you’ll enjoy these predictions for the ins and outs of this year’s Open.

Let’s Take a Look at the 2016 U.S. Open Betting Predictions

First, let’s take a look at some odds for the biggest contenders on the men’s and women’s draws. In the men’s draw, here are your favorites:

Novak Djokovic (Even)
Andy Murray (+180)
Milos Raonic (+1200)
Juan Martin Del Potro (+1600)
Stan Wawrinka (+1600)

On the women’s side, here are the favorites:

Serena Williams (+120)
Angelique Kerber (+800)
Garbine Muguruza (+800)
Simona Halep (+800)
Madison Keys (+1400)

 

Prediction #1: Novak Djokovic wins it all on the men’s side.

Djokovic is confident about making it all the way to the title here, but his first round will feature an unusually stiff test as he sees Jerzy Janowicz. The Pole is unseeded now but rolled all the way to the semis at Wimbledon in 2013. The fact that Djokovic left both Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics much earlier than others had expected will give him some added pressure. To get through his side of the draw, Djokovic will also need to beat Milan Cilic, who several people have listed as a dark horse possibility. Cilic’s serving game brings power beyond what many of the men can produce on the court. Even so, Djokovic has the defensive skills to deal with it if he can put forth a more consistent game than he has so far this year.

Prediction #2: Roll with Garbine Muguruza on the women’s side.

Serena Williams is still fighting an ongoing shoulder problem, which could keep her not only from winning the U.S. Open but also from beating Steffi Graf’s record for consecutive weeks ranked at #1 in women’s tennis. She will tie it at 186, because the rankings won’t be adjusted until after the Open is over, but if she doesn’t get at least to the semifinals, she will definitely drop out of that top spot — and she could even fall to #2 if she loses the final, depending on her opponent. Muguruza is coming off a big win at the French Open — including a victory over Serena. However, she faces questions of consistency with her game as well. You have to look at the draw, though. Williams has to play through Ekaterina Makarova in the very first round of the tournament, and she could run into Agniesza Radwanska in the fourth round. That’s too big roadblocks before she gets to the semifinals.

Prediction #3: Pick a dark horse.

If you don’t like Djokovic or Williams, take a look at one of the other possibilities on the favorites list. The draws will definitely challenge both of the favorites, which means that the unexpected is something that you should expect. Stan Wawrinka has been known to pull huge runs out of nowhere, and Madison Keys will be itching to make a statement in Flushing this year.