Williams might only be the fourth seed and her last victory in this tournament may have been three years ago, although there’s the distinct impression that she is currently head and shoulders above anyone else in women’s tennis, with the 30-year-old having blown away the opposition in the Olympic tournament.
Serena is available at even money (Paddy Power free bets) if you think that backing her is effectively doubling your money, with the draw having been favourable to the Wimbledon champion who won’t be fazed by the prospect of meeting Caroline Wozniacki or Ana Ivanovic in the quarter finals.
Even so, Angelique Kerber recently beat the younger Williams sister and the powerful German is on offer at 25/1 (BetVictor) for those looking for a tasty price, while compatriot Sabine Lisicki is as big as 200/1 with Sportingbet despite possessing a powerful serve which could work well on the hard courts.
Victoria Azarenka is seen as the greatest threat by the bookies, with the Belarusian the top seed in this tournament and Vika has shown herself to be remarkably consistent this year, having broken her Grand Slam duck by winning the Australian Open before reaching the semi-final of Wimbledon for the second year running.
She’s available at 7/1 and a similar price is available about Maria Sharapova, with the Russian on offer at 9/1 and it’s hard to have too much confidence in her when you consider Serena wiped the floor with her in the Olympic final tournament.
Sam Stosur was something of a surprise winner twelve months ago, a result which delighted the Australian viewing public and we could easily see a big price player make the final of the 2012 US Open. She’s a 40/1 chance, while Petra Kvitova could pose a threat if she manages to play herself into some form during the early stages.
There are doubts over the health and fitness of Agnieszka Radwańska although we should remember that she’s the number two seed who took a set off Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and 40/1 might end up looking like a big price.