US Open preview: Your best bet for the Women's singles title
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza heads a hugely open field at Flushing Meadows.
Garbine Muguruza heads the betting as clear favourite for the US Open, after claiming the Wimbledon title last month.
Not since Martin Hingis in 1997, however, has a non-Williams sister won both titles, so the workload required to do so perhaps rules her out.
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina won the Rogers Cup in Toronto a fortnight ago, so is in good enough form to produce her best Grand Slam performance.
The 22-year-old was only beaten by Jelena Ostapenko at SW19, and made the last eight in Paris. She is likely to make a major breakthrough at some point in the future.
Newly-crowned world No.1 Karolina Pliskova , meanwhile, was only stopped by Muguruza in Cincinnati last week and has made at least the quarter-finals in two of 2017’s three Slams.
Simona Halep, though, looks the best bet at .
The Romanian was one win short of reaching No.1 herself in Cincinatti, and has impressively reached the quarter-finals in her last 10 tournaments.
Having reached the final and quarter-final at the French Open and Wimbledon respectively, she is poised to claim her elusive first Slam.
Other favourites include Brit Jo Konta , who has been quiet since Wimbledon, and defending champion Angelique Kerber .
Best of the rest
Having won the French Open, Ostapenko might have been expected to hit the buffers at Wimbledon.
Progression to the quarter-final, then, means she is worth considering, despite subsequent first-round exits in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Two home favourites are also worth watching out for.
Coco Vandeweghe impressed at Wimbledon, before reaching the final in Stanford earlier this month.
She was beaten there, though, by one of the circuit’s in-form players, Madison Keys .
The 22-year-old beat Muguruza, as well as Vandeweghe, in winning that event, only losing to the former in a tie-break in Cincinatti midway through August.
After two fourth-round exits in her last two appearances at Flushing Meadows, the American is well set to break through this time around.
The performance of Maria Sharapova , meanwhile, will be fascinating, after she was handed a controversial wildcard to play in this event.
Her price seems remarkably short, however, considering she has hardly played this year.