Friday August 28, 2015
There are many questions to be answered in the tennis world come the end of August. This is when the final Grand Slam event will take place at Flushing Meadows, and the US Open begins.
This year the date to watch is 31st August, and competition continues right through until 13th September. Will Djokovic’s name be on the trophy once more? Will Andy Murray win his second US Open after his first victory a few years ago? Will Roger Federer turn back time and grab another Grand Slam victory in the twilight of his career?
There are as many questions to answer of the women’s game as well. Perhaps someone will be able to stop Serena Williams from getting yet another Grand Slam under her belt. In the Open Era only one player has more than Serena’s current tally of 21 slams, and that is Steffi Graf. She won 22 before her career came to an end. Few would bet against Serena at least equalling that.
Of the all-time winners Steffi Graf is currently second on the list. Margaret Court is two ahead of her, having won 24 slams in her career. This impressive tally included a mind-boggling 11 Australian Opens, 5 French Opens, 3 Wimbledon titles and 5 US Opens. Serena ‘only’ needs to win another three slams to equal Margaret Court’s achievement. But then, who would bet against her going one (or even more) better than that?
So this year’s US Open is something of a special event in terms of the women’s game at the very least. We will see whether Serena can equal Steffi’s record. Does she have what it takes to win another seven matches on the trot against the world’s best players? Can she then look ahead to 2016 to see if there are yet more slams waiting for her?
The answers have yet to be revealed. But if you are considering placing a bet on the likely winners of the US Open this year, you may also want to place a bet on whether Serena can grab another slice of history. Betting against her may produce very different odds than supporting her chances.