US Open: Meet 3 women capable of halting Williams’ Slam run

Serena Williams now holds all four Grand Slam titles for the second time in her largely unparalleled career, so as the world number one moves onto the 2015 US Open the big question now is; can anyone prevent her from claiming ‘Calendar Slam’?

As Williams’ odds of 1/1 to win the tournament would indicate, the easy answer would be no.

Then again, this remains one of the only feats left to find space for on the American’s oversubscribed CV, so it’s by no means a foregone conclusion.

Williams has won the last three titles in New York, but as Britain’s Heather Watson showed with her Wimbledon heroics, the 21-time Grand Slam winner can be rocked and on a given day, even defeated.

Below are three women Ladbrokes News have earmarked as best placed to spoil another piece of history making for the six-time US Open champ.

Victoria Azarenka @ 6/1

After taking Williams the distance in their Wimbledon quarter-final clash, the Belarusian showed her lengthy injury troubles have been put behind her.

One of the only combatants on the WTP tour capable of matching Williams for raw power, the former world number one appeared in successive US Open finals in 2012 and 2013, losing in three sets both times.

Even when below par last year Azarenka made it to the quarters.

Caroline Wozniacki @ 25/1

Two times a beaten finalist at Flushing Meadows, there are few more astute performers on the tarmac than the Dane.

Wozniacki lit up last year’s tournament before finally losing out 6-3,6-3 to you-know-who in the showpiece, but at number five in the world and boasting a hard-court title to her name in 2015, she’ll be a big danger again in the Big Apple.

Timea Bacsinszky @ 66/1

A breakthrough year has been marked by three finals and two titles on the same surface as the US Open.

The Swiss is clearly very adept on hard courts and having shot up to number 13 in the world rankings following deep runs at the French (semis) Wimbledon (quarters) this is a chunky price.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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