Marion Bartoli’s SW19 success, and the absence of Serena Williams at the latter stages, showed that the world number one’s grip on women’s tennis could be on the wane, presenting the perfect opportunity for the other players at the top of the female game.
Despite something of a disaster at Wimbledon Williams is still favoured at a price as short as 4/5 to obtain a fifth US crown, meaning looking elsewhere in the market could prove profitable.
Agnieszka Radwanska is enjoying an impressive season on the hard court losing just five of her 31 clashes on the surface this year.
The world number four has always performed well on her preferred surface and reached the final in her previous outing at Stanford.
The Pole has also had a steady year in the Grand Slams so far, making the quarters in Paris and Melbourne before being ousted at the semi-final stage of Wimbledon by Sabine Lisicki.
The next step for the 24-year-old is surely a tilt at one the game’s big four prizes.
Historically the US Open has proved her must unfruitful competition, with her greatest showing so far a trio of fourth round exits.
However, her form in 2013 points to a stronger showing at the Flushing Meadows showpiece, an event that she is 16/1 to win.
Such a heavy price should also attract the attentions of each-way backers, with the Polish number one no stranger to the latter stages of tournaments in 2013.
Radwanska has won hard court tournaments in Auckland and Sydney, as well as making the last four at major Tour events in Doha and Miami and her recent aforementioned final appearance on American soil continues her good form from the grass court season.
Her technical style means that she tends to struggle against more powerful opponents, something her 0-5 record against Serena confirms, but victories over the likes of Li Na and Sloane Stephens this year have shown the advancements in her game that could see her crowned the 2013 US Open champion.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.