Serena Williams' New Odds To Win U.S. Open Are Cinderella Silly

Serena Williams' New Odds To Win U.S. Open Are Cinderella Silly
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Ty Bronicel
Ty Bronicel
May 19th 2023

Serena Williams is the greatest women’s tennis player ever. The GOAT. She’s a blast to watch as she dispatches overmatched foe after foe.

But the storyline – nah, the betting line – that’s unfolding from Vegas to Flushing, N.Y., site of the 2022 U.S. Open, following her unforgettable win Wednesday against the tourney’s No. 2 seed Annett Kontaveit, has gotten out of hand. 

Praise, Serena. I get it. Williams has been playing tennis professionally for more than 25 years and owns so many records it’s difficult to keep track.

Now, as a 40-year-old mother (she turns 41 on Sept. 26), she’s announced that this Open will be her last major tournament. She’ll more than likely make her retirement official soon after that.

So, naturally and deservedly, the excitement and anticipation began.

The sports world got the momentum building.

Williams opened up as somewhere between a +5000 (50-1) to +4000 (40-1) longshot to win it all at online betting sites.

But after her magical first-round win, in front of a variety of celebrities, bettors also became starry-eyed.

Her odds dropped to roughly 25-1.

Following her amazing second-round comeback win over Kontaveit, people have clearly lost their collective minds.

And you’re going to lose money too if you go along for the ride.

Her odds of winning the tournament have been cut in half again. She now sits somewhere between +1200 (at DraftKings) and +1600 (FanDuel) to capture her 24th Grand Slam title.

That’s not happening, sports fans.

This isn’t a Tiger Woods-type Cinderella story like it was at The Masters in 2019 – even though Woods was at Wednesday’s match roaring his approval during her undoubtedly remarkable comeback victory.

Williams even did a twirl after her stunning win.

It was beautiful. All of it.

However, all fairytales must come to an end.

Williams next plays Ajla Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Aussie ranked No. 46 in the world, in the third round on Sept. 2. She’ll beat her. So go ahead and bet on that individual match but not the whole damn thing.

Do people realize that even with a third-round win, Williams would still need to win five more matches to take home the trophy?

Sportsbooks already are licking their chops because money just keeps pouring in on Serena.

Let’s just enjoy the ride and allow her to do the same. I’m just saying, it’s not going to last too much longer and there will be no major victory dance.

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