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With the 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championships set to begin on August 27, the field is without a doubt loaded especially on the women’s side.
Heading into the tournament, Serena Williams probably has the most to prove believe it or not. It’s true she cruised through Wimbledon this year and also took gold in the Olympics, but the U.S. Open has not been kind to her in quite a few years.
In addition, she enters the Open coming off a loss at the Cincinnati Open which marks her first in three months. Her last loss was in the first round of the French Open.
Fatigue might be a factor heading into the U.S. Open for her some feel, not to mention her recent struggles with injuries. But rest assured she has a lot to prove.
She is only a two-time winner at the U.S. Open which is kind of odd for arguably the most dominating player on the women’s side in quite some time. Last year, she fell in the finals to Samantha Stosur. So redemption is probably on her mind as she seeks her first U.S. Open title since 2008.
It might surprise some that Williams will enter the tournament as the betting favorite in Bovada Sportsbook’s 2012 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Betting Odds. She has her odds set at 1/1 but there are a few others who are right there with her and for good reason.
For instance, Kim Clijsters is another who’s success at the U.S. Open is well noted. This will mark her last appearance as she has decided to retire. Clijsters is a three-time winner and won back to back titles in 2009 and 2010. She enters with 16/1 odds.
Maria Sharapova is another who stands a great shot at winning the U.S. Open. Sharapova is as consistent as they come (27 career singles titles) in women’s tennis and also has a U.S. Open title on her resume which came six years ago. She enters the tournament with 6/1 betting odds.
The U.S. Open is set to begin on August 27 and runs through September 9.