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Breaking down betting splits for 2020 Women’s US Open

The growing list of dropouts ahead of the 2020 US Open has made Serena Williams the betting favorite. We’ll go over the odds here.

Serena Williams serves to Maria Sakkari of Greece during the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The 2020 Women’s US Open will begin on August 31 and some big names have withdrawn from playing at the major set to take place in New York City for various reasons. The list of dropouts could grow before the tournament starts. We’ll go over the betting splits of the top competitors here.

The women’s field saw a significantly larger number of big names choosing to withdraw. Among the notables to withdraw were defending champion Bianca Andreescu, and six of the top ten women in the world. That group includes No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Elina Svitolina, No. 6 Bianca Andreescu, No. 7 Kiki Bertens, and No. 8 Belinda Bencic.

Naomi Osaka is now the favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook, installed at +400 to claim her second US Open and third Grand Slam title. Notably, the tournament comes a week after Osaka chose not to play her semifinal match in protest at the Western & Southern Open, a tuneup for the US Open.

The numerous withdrawals have moved Serena Williams (+550) to second best odds to win the tournament. The betting public loves Serena this year, as she leads all players with 51 percent of the handle and 20 percent of the total bets. She’s won the US Open six times, last winning it in 2014 to close out three straight titles.

Osaka has the best odds, but is tied for second in handle with 5 percent — to go along with 7 percent of total bets. Sofia Kenin (+1100) has the third best odds and has 5 percent of the handle and 5 percent of total bets. She won her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in February and is the highest ranked player competing in the US Open this year as the world No. 4.

The public’s favorite longshot is Maria Sakkari (+5000). The 25-year-old has never won a Grand Slam but beat Williams at the Cincinnati Masters on August 25. She made it to the third of the US Open twice and could have more success this time around. Sakkari has 5 percent of the handle and 3 percent of the total bets.

2020 US Open women’s betting splits

Handle Rank Player Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Handle Rank Player Odds % of Handle % of Bets
1 Serena Williams +550 51% 20%
2 Naomi Osaka +400 5% 7%
3 Sofia Kenin +1100 5% 5%
4 Maria Sakkari +5000 5% 3%
5 Ons Jabeur +5000 4% 5%
6 Elena Rybakina +3300 4% 3%
7 Elise Mertens +2000 3% 2%
8 Veronika Kudermetova +15000 2% 2%
9 Karolina Pliskova +1100 2% 3%
10 Angelique Kerber +4000 2% 1%

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