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US Open 2017 – First Round Preview and Best Bets

Mon, Aug 28, 4:34pm by Head Editor

The final Grand Slam of the year – the US Open – begins at Flushing Meadows in New York at 1am on Tuesday morning Australian time, and the race is more open than ever, with several of the sport’s big names on the sidelines.

In the women’s side, Serena Williams is unavailable as she’s about to become a Mum for the first time, while in the men’s, former world number one’s Andy Murray (hip) and Novak Djokovic (elbow) are both joined on the injury list by defending champion Stan Warwinka (knee).

The list of “outs” leaves Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza as the $5.50 favourite to take out the women’s title, while there is a familiar pair of names at the top of the men’s betting, with Roger Federer at $2.88, ahead of his great rival and friend, Rafael Nadal ($4).

As always, the opening round of a Grand Slam sees a long list of short-priced favourites, and that’s certainly the case with Federer, who’s at just $1.03 to beat Frances Tiafoe ($10).

One of the most interesting matches in the opening round sees Maria Sharapova ($2.82) take on Simona Halep ($1.40) for the seventh time, and to this point, all six matches have gone the way of the former, but the Russian hasn’t beaten anyone of note this season.

Sharapova did win this event, but that was way back in 2006. Her best win this season came against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in Madrid, but Halep is a step up from her. I’ve added Halep into my multi, she is coming off a semi-final appearance in Toronto and a final in Cincinnati.

The next player that is in our selections, is Coco Vandeweghe, who is $1.22 to beat fellow American Alison Riske. Vandeweghe is the number 20 seed, and shouldn’t have too much trouble, having made the final at the Bank of the West Open in California.

David Ferrer is a $1.17 favourite to get passed Mikhail Kukushkin, which is skinny odds, but given he’s coming off a semi-final appearance in Cincinnati, it seems like a solid investment.

The man who beat Ferrer in that semi-final is Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who is the sixth favourite at $19, to win his first Grand Slam. He takes on compatriot John Millman in the opening round, but offers no value, at $1.07.

The newly crowned world No.1 Rafael Nadal, is at even shorter odds of $1.02, when he meets Serbian Dusan Lajovic ($12).

Suggested Bet: Take Halep, Vandeweghe, Ferrer and Kyrgios to all win: $2.13

Stay tuned to www.australiangambling.lv over the coming days as we preview each and every round of the US Open.

*All the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing


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