Gauff and Pegula are just two American ladies in a draw filled with American hopefuls, including Cleveland’s Lauren Davis.
Championship Odds for Top US Ladies at DraftKings
- Coco Gauff +800
- Jessica Pegula +1100
- Danielle Collins +3500
- Madison Keys +4000
- Jennifer Brady +4000
- Alycia Parks +10000
Davis Steady Results
Davis isn’t listed on the DraftKings Ohio betting board, but the Cleveland area native is ranked 50th in the world with an 11-9 record over the past year. Davis boasts a 5-0 record in tiebreaks on the hard stuff, and her Round of 32 loss to Iga Swiatek was her best result in a dozen attempts. Davis isn’t the biggest hitter, but she can scrap with anyone and has five top-10 wins over her career.
Gauff Flying High
Gauff has had a tremendous summer, winning US summer events in Washington DC, and last week scored her most significant win yet, winning the Cincinnati WTA 1000. Gauff is serving big; her return game has been money the past few weeks. She had her best US Open in 2022, reaching the quarterfinals, and is hoping to further this with new coach Brad Gilbert by her side.
Pegula’s Best Season Yet
Pegula is No. 3 on the WTA Tour rankings and won the Montreal WTA 1000 earlier this month. Pegula has the second most hardcourt wins this season on tour and is solid from both wings. The American No. 1 reached the quarters here in 2022 and boasts a 19-10 US Open record over her 10-year career at the US Open. The Buffalo native should receive plenty of crowd support, and the top-ranked American should easily reach the second week.
Collins Could Make Waves in New York
The big-hitting Collins has returned from injury and inconsistent play, winning six of her eight post-Wimbledon hardcourt matches. Collins reached the quarters in 2022, her best result in Flushing thus far. The American slugger is a streaky player, usually running hot, and could but could make real waves during her time in the Big Apple.
Keys Playing in 14th US Open
Keys reached the 2017 Final and the 2018 semifinal while also reaching the Round of 32 last season before falling to Gauff in straight sets. Keys is 24-15 this season on the hard stuff and has had a solid summer leading up to next week. The American struggled in her first-round loss to Elise Mertens in Cincinnati and could either advance to the second week or lose in the 1st round.
Brady Returns from Two-Year Absence
Brady has played just a handful of matches during the past two seasons but looked much better this summer than many expected her to be. Brady reached No. 13 in the world in 2021 but then missed the past two seasons with various ailments. She has a monster serve and forehand combo and reached the 2020 US Open semifinals in her last appearance in New York.
Parks Impressive 2023 Campaign
Parks boasts the highest ace rate on tour this season and is coming off a WTA 1000 doubles victory in Cincinnati with Taylor Townsend. Parks is 0-2 lifetime in NYC and is 9-9 on the hardcourts but won the event in Lyon earlier this season. Parks likely won’t win her first Grand Slam tourney, but her big serve and even bigger forehand could be enough to pull off an upset or two next week.
We expect the US ladies to make some noise in New York next week, but the only players I would bet on to win the Open are Gauff and maybe Pegula. Both ladies have been spectacular this season, but they’ll also be under tremendous pressure, which has been the Achilles heel for both ladies. Collins isn’t even being talked about, but she will be dangerous in the early rounds, as will Davis, Keys, Brady, and Parks. It should be fun, but I would likely fade the American ladies’ championship wager.
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