Mon, Aug 29, 10:49am by Jake Equid
Besides Sam Stosur’s run at the French Open, 2016 hasn’t been a good year for the Aussies at Grand Slams. After making that Semi Final in Paris her form has dropped away. She split with coach Dave Taylor just five days after that tournament and has a 6-6 record since. It’s always hard to get a read on Sam but if she can win her first three matches then she’ll bump into Serena Williams in the fourth round. She is $1.56 in her first match against Camila Giorgi, who’s at $2.44, and huge odds of $101 to win her second US Open.
Of all the Aussies in the field, Nick Kyrgios has once again received most of the spotlight. The self-confessed super brat prefers the hard court surface in New York over any other. The World number 16 won his second title earlier this month in Atlanta but then lost early in early in Cincinnati. His best effort at this tournament is Round 3 but he lost to Murray in Round 1 last year. He should cruise into Round 3 where he’ll meet compatriot Bernard Tomic and we all know how much they like each other. First up he is $1.08 to defeat Aljaž Bedene ($8) and he is $67 to win the title. He should push deep into the second week.
Onto his likely third round opponent Tomic. The time is now for the 23-year-old, he is ranked 19 in the world and is running out of excuses. We all know he has the talent so now is the time to deliver. He is $1.09 to defeat Damir Dzumhur ($7.50) and at the huge odds of $267 to win the trophy. He has had a good preparation, coming off a quarter-final loss to Andy Murray in Cincinnati and is primed to do well here.
Daria Gavrilova rounds out our chances but she has a horror draw, if she can get past Safarova in Round 1 then she meets world number five Simona Halep in Round 2. She is $1.86 against Safarova ($1.95).
There are more Aussies in action in the first round. James Duckworth is $1.84 to beat Holland’s Robin Haase ($1.89) in a toss of the coin affair on Tuesday morning. John Millman, who’s fresh off his Olympics debut is $4.35 to defeat Dominic Thiem who’s at $1.22. Ellen Perez is a rank outsider at $8.50 when she meets China’s Zhang Shuai ($1.05). Jordan Thompson is $2.45 to defeat Belgian Steve Darcis ($1.51)
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*All of the above odds are provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing
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