Thursday August 21, 2014
When the tournament begins with a full complement of players, there is no telling which player will be the last one left standing at the end of a fortnight’s play. This is the case with every tennis tournament throughout the year, but this time we are focusing on the US Open, the last of the four major tennis tournaments to take place each year.
Last year Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to lift the trophy in the men’s singles. Serena Williams was the winner in the women’s draw, beating Victoria Azarenka to take the women’s singles title. We know the men’s tournament will have a different champion this year, but beyond that, who would you bet on to take the title?
At the time of writing the draws were yet to be made. This means we have a glorious few days of speculation ahead, wondering who would meet which players in the early stages and towards the latter stages of the tournament. Perhaps the absence of Nadal – along with the fact Djokovic is now the reigning Wimbledon champion – means Novak will be the favourite to take the title this year. You can never write off Roger Federer though, and Andy Murray must surely have a chance to regain the title he won back in 2012. However we may still see a new champion this year.
In the women’s draw Serena Williams must surely still be the woman to beat. She has won the past two years – Victoria Azarenka coming up short each time in tight three set matches – but there are other potential names to watch out for. Maria Sharapova could still clinch the title she won back in 2006, while Li Na and Simona Halep could also provide us with the winner’s name this year. Petra Kvitova, this year’s Wimbledon ladies champion, could also sneak past everyone else in the field to take the title.
Who would you vote for to take the all-important last Grand Slam title of 2014? If you’re feeling confident now would be the time to consider the odds for each player and to make a wager to see if you get lucky this year.