The U.S. Open is back, and after a 2020 edition that barred fans and was essentially played in a bubble, this year’s tournament will look a whole lot more normal. The draw is out and the odds are up, so let’s break down the important information like US Open singles odds for bettors to keep in mind as they prepare to place their wagers.
As far as the current WTA No. 1 Ashleigh Barty winning her second Grand Slam leg of the year goes, legal US sportsbooks are nodding their heads like yeah. If the butterflies fly away for her, 2021 could undoubtedly be the greatest year of her career yet.
US Open singles odds throwing a Barty Party
Regulated U.S. sportsbooks like Barty, and why shouldn’t they? The 25-year-old is coming off of her first-ever Wimbledon singles title in July as well as four other WTA titles already in 2021. She didn’t drop a set en route to winning the Western & Southern Open last week.
Some of the same competition that she dispatched along the way to that hardcourt title could also compose her foes in this event as well. That bodes well for her, as Barty has posted a 38-8 record so far overall in 2021 including 14-1 against the current WTA top 20.
For these reasons, Caesars Sportsbook gives Barty +400 odds to take home the title and many sportsbooks have her odds in the +300s.
Biggest challengers to a Barty victory
By far the biggest threat to Barty’s chances is superstar Naomi Osaka, who is the only other player with odds shorter than +1000 at any book. Osaka’s odds sit at +600 at DraftKings Sportsbook and as low as +500 at Caesars.
Other top contenders, in order of DraftKings odds, include Aryna Sabalenka (+1400), Simona Halep (+1600), Barbora Krejčíková (+1700), Iga Świątek (+1700), Karolina Plíšková (+1700), and Coco Gauff (+2000).
|Player||BetMGM Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Cori "Coco" Gauff||+2000||+2000||+1800|
|Paula Badosa Gilbert||+3300||+3000||+3600|
Breaking down the entire draw
In addition to futures bets on the outright winner, one of the most exciting parts of tennis betting is betting on individual matches. The singles draw has given us a few exciting potential matchups to look forward to, unless the underdogs have other plans.
One possible matchup to watch for is Gauff vs. Angelique Kerber in the third round. Should both make it, it would be a rematch of the match that knocked Gauff out of Wimbledon less than two months ago. Kerber, at nearly twice the age of Gauff, will bring the experience, but Gauff has already knocked off some big names in her young career, including Venus Williams and Osaka.
Gauff could get a chance in the following round to repeat that victory over Osaka if she can get past Kerber. It would be the fourth meeting between Gauff and Osaka. After splitting the first two, Gauff looked in control in their most recent match just a month ago in Cincinnati, but Osaka stormed back from down a set after facing a 3-1 hole in set two.
On the other side of the bracket, Barty and 2019 U.S. Open singles champ Bianca Andreescu could both face stiff tests in round four. Barty lines up to take on world No. 14 Jennifer Brady if both advance to that point, while Andreescu could be squaring off with world No. 11 Petra Kvitova.
Highlights among the first-round odds
Odds are live for several first-round matches, including some featuring a few high seeds.
PointsBet expects the two tournament favorites to cruise, as Barty and Osaka both have odds of -2000 or longer to get past Vera Zvonareva and Marie Bouzková, respectively.
Gauff and Andreeescu, on the other hand, might have to sweat a little harder in their first-round matches, as PointsBet gives their opponents a fighting chance. Gauff’s odds to defeat Magda Linette sit at -350, while Andreescu is at just -250 to get past Viktorija Golubic.
Promos and bonuses at regulated sportsbooks
Several books are offering specials on the U.S. Open, so there are plenty of fun ways for bettors to take advantage. At BetRivers Sportsbook, an outright winner bet on any singles player will earn you $1 to bet on a live U.S. Open event for every ace from your player in the first round.
PointsBet is offering your money back in free bets up to $25 if your first live game-winner bet doesn’t cash out. At FanDuel Sportsbook, you can place a bet on either Barty or Osaka to win it all at +160 odds, or you can take the field for -230.
Qualifying begins Friday with the first round set for Monday, Aug. 30. ESPN‘s networks will have live action with the Tennis Channel providing encore coverage.