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2021 U.S. Open Women’s Odds & Draw: Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka the Favorites

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Matthew Stockman/Getty Images. Pictured: Naomi Osaka striking a forehand

After a 2020 U.S. Open that was held without fans, the release of this year’s draw only adds to the excitement ahead of the 2021 edition.

The women’s singles draw was released on Thursday ahead of a Monday start, and the favorites are usual suspects.

Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka lead the way, with a solid gap between them and the rest of the field in oddsmakers’ eyes.

2021 U.S. Open Favorites’ Odds 

(Odds via PointsBet)

Player Odds
Ashleigh Barty +375
Naomi Osaka +550
Aryna Sabalenka 12-1
Iga Swiatek 16-1
Karolina Pliskova 16-1
Cori Gauff 16-1
Simona Halep 20-1
Bianca Andreescu 20-1
Barbora Krejcikova 22-1

Full odds are listed at the bottom of the page

There’s not going to much debate regarding the two favorites in this tournament.

On one hand, you have a player in Barty that is having an outstanding year, with a Wimbledon title and a 14-1 record against the top 20 this year.

On the other, Osaka is someone that has to be respected whenever a hard court slam comes around. She’s the reigning U.S. Open champion, Australian Open champion, and the most highly regarded hard court player on the tour.

Q1 Draw

Drum roll, please 🥁

The #USOpen women's singles draw is here with No. 1 seed @ashbarty drawing @BelindaBencic & @iga_swiatek in her quarter

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2021

While Barty is the heavy favorite in this quarter, it won’t be a cakewalk. The powerful Polish player, Iga Swiatek, could be a tough out for Barty, as could Belinda Bencic, who just won a gold medal in Tokyo.

Jen Brady has been lethal in hard court slam events recently, falling to Naomi Osaka in the semifinal of last year’s Open and in the final of this year’s Australian Open. She could be another player who poses a threat to Barty’s chance of earning a second slam on the year, and she represents one of the best American opportunities for success.

Q2 Draw

No. 2 seed @SabalenkaA could take on reigning Roland Garros champion @BKrejcikova for a spot in the semifinals.

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2021

The two names to watch out for in this quarter are Aryna Sabalenka and Barbora Krejcikova. The Belarusian has really found her game recently, showing powerful strokes without tossing in as many errors as she used to.

Krejcikova has been a surprise story this year, having the biggest breakout of anyone on the women’s side of the game. She took home a singles and doubles title in the French Open and has won numerous titles throughout the year as she has proved to be a tough out for anyone.

It will be to no one’s surprise if these two have a matchup for a semifinal berth.

Q3 Draw

Defending champion @naomiosaka could face three-time Grand Slam champion @AngeliqueKerber en route to the quarterfinals.

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2021

Though Osaka will be favored to come out of this quarter, there’s a considerable amount of uncertainty facing the Japanese star. Her last grand slam main draw match came in Paris, before she withdrew due to mental health concerns.

She was able to earn a nice win against Coco Gauff in Cincinnati, but she fell to the red-hot Jill Teichmann in the second round. Osaka’s performance will be something to monitor closely.

Elina Svitolina, Angie Kerber, and Simona Halep are all legitimate threats to Osaka, with the former two finding great form in recent months, and the latter having significant slam experience.

This will be a very fun quarter.

Q4 Draw

🇨🇿 @KaPliskova's quarter is stacked with three Grand Slam champions 👀.

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2021

Karolina Pliskova is another player with a similar story to Sabalenka. A hard hitter who has struggled with loose play in the past, she has been able to find a rhythm since the French Open.

There are former slam champions abound in this quarter, including Petra Kvitova, Jelena Ostapenko, and Bianca Andreescu. Though none of them have excelled in 2021, this will be a chance to change the narrative of their seasons.

Maria Sakkari and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are other players to watch out for. Both are having great seasons that included deep runs in the French Open that ended at the hands of Krejcikova. Each plays with power that should be well-suited for the courts in Flushing Meadows.

2021 U.S. Open Odds 

(Odds via PointsBet / Denotes all listed players available)

Player Odds
Ashleigh Barty +375
Naomi Osaka +550
Aryna Sabalenka 12-1
Iga Swiatek 16-1
Karolina Plsikova 16-1
Cori Gauff 16-1
Bianca Andreescu 20-1
Simona Halep 20-1
Barbora Krejcikova 22-1
Garbine Muguruza 25-1
Petra Kvitova 25-1
Victoria Azarenka 33-1
Belinda Bencic 33-1
Paula Badosa 33-1
Elena Rybakina 40-1
Maria Sakkari 40-1
Angelique Kerber 40-1
Danielle Collins 40-1
Karolina Muchova 45-1
Camila Giorgi 45-1
Ons Jabeur 45-1
Elise Mertens 50-1
Jessica Pegula 50-1
Jennifer Brady 55-1
Marketa Vondrousova 55-1
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 66-1
Sloane Stephens 66-1
Sofia Kenin 75-1
Emma Raducanu 80-1
Andrea Petkovic 100-1
Anett Kontaveit 100-1
Johanna Konta 100-1
Amanda Anisimova 100-1
Jelena Ostapenko 100-1
Daria Kasatkina 100-1
Sara Sorribes Tormo 100-1
Dayana Yastremska 150-1
Anastasia Potapova 150-1
Donna Vekic 150-1
Kiki Bertens 200-1
Petra Martic 200-1
Alison Riske 200-1
Clara Tauson 200-1
Madison Keys 200-1
Leylah Fernandez 250-1
Fiona Ferro 300-1
Heather Watson 300-1
Harriet Dart 300-1
Kaja Juvan 300-1
Christina McHale 300-1
Lauren Davis 300-1
Madison Brengle 300-1
Samantha Stosur 500-1
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