Category: US Open

US Open 2018: Preview, Prize Money & how to watch live

The 2018 edition of the US Open starts on August 27th. This year, the total prize money is an absolute record. The winner, in both competitions, will receive $3,800,000. Qualifying in the second round brings a $93,000 check. The amount is the equivalent of winning an ATP 250 tournament, but the ATP / WTA points received are only 45. So it’s all about glory and money. And the competition will be fierce.

Men’s competition

Last year, the men’s event had a definite favorite: Roger Federer. However, the Swiss lost in the quarterfinals and Rafael Nadal won the trophy. So far, there is no definite favorite in men’s competition. We do not have a super player like Federer in 2017. We have, on the othe hand, more players with outstanding performances this year. Novak Djokovic is considered the favorite of the trophy in 2018. The Serbian is in an incredible return of form. Novak took Wimbledon and managed to be the only man to win all the Masters tournaments, with the victory in Cincinnati.

novak_djokovic_cincinnatiLet’s not forget that Novak is again the only player who has a positive record against his two big rivals: Nole leads Nadal with 27-25 and Federer with 24-22. Even more, Djokovic also leads Del Potro (14-4).
Rafael Nadal did not shine in the season after Roland Garros. Sure, he won the Rogers Cup and reached the Wimbledon semifinals. But Nadal seems to be in a slow drop in shape. On the other hand, the Spaniard is an indisputable world leader and will pull hard to defend the points won last year. It remains to be seen if Rafa is not already tired and his performance will start falling towards the end of the year.

Roger Federer seems to have reached the end of the line. Sure, the Swiss still plays at an incredible level for his age (37), but I do not think he will have the energy needed to win a new Grand Slam. It is possible to see him in the quarter-finals or even in the semifinals, but no further.

After an excellent start of the year, Juan Martin Del Potro entered somehow on a flat line. The Argentinian has not won a title since Indian Wells, which was played in March. Del Potro, however, had good progress in the tournaments that followed, which propelled him to the third place. We can say that Del Potro is in a good and stable form, ready to “explode” anytime.

From the young generation, Zverev still fails to keep a good and steady form. Obviously, the German has his chances at the US Open, but the volatility of the evolutions does not make him a true title contender. Grigor Dimitrov is in a clear drop of form, and Nick Kyrgios plays as nonchalantly as ever. Of all three, Kyrgios is the only one capable of a big upset in the first rounds, but he will get out before the semifinals.

Women’s competition

halep_hitting_ballLast year, in the women’s competition, the final was a surprise and ended with the victory of Sloane Stephens. Sloane has also played a new Grand Slam final this year at Roland Garros. But the only player to show great performance in the US Open Series is Simona Halep. She won the Rogers Cup and lost (hardly) the final at Cincinnati. However, bookmakers see Serena Williams as the top favorite, then Simona Halep. At a short distance, Kerber and Stephens are also in the list.
Let’s take a look at Serena Williams’s case.

The American has succeeded, just a few months after returning to the circuit, to play the Wimbledon final against Kerber. Williams had a poor evolution in the finals, and Kerber won easily. For Serena, a decline in form followed. She lost to Johanna Konta in San Jose and Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. Why is Serena considered the favorite at the US Open? Because she can always mobilize and win any tournament in any circumstances.
Logically, Simona Halep is the most in-form player in the circuit right now. For me, Halep is the favorite, followed by Kerber. The players that can produce surprises or upsets are Maria Sharapova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens.

US Open 2018 Prize Money

The tournament has record prize money this year: $ 50,565,840 for all competitions. Here’s a breakdown for ATP/WTA:

Winner – $3,800,000
Runner-Up – $1,850,000
Semifinalists – $925,000
Quarterfinalists – $475,000
Round of 16 – $266,000
Round of 32 – $156,000
Round of 64 – $93,000
Round of 128 – $54,000

US Open 2018 Live

US Open 2018 can be watched live in Europe on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. If you are in the US, you can make a Eurosport Player account using a VPN.

Below is a list of sites that are best to watch the event online:

US Open Live Streaming on Eusportslive: you have the official stream where you can watch all the games, but you need to access a betting company. If not, find links to free streams (in the Web Streams section) on the same site. I cannot put the links here for obvious reasons.

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Another good way to find free streams is to search Google, but beware, not all sites are trustworthy.

Rafael Nadal v Kevin Anderson – the unexpected final of the US Open (Odds & Live Streaming)

This final will be, for sure, a big moment in the careers of both players. If Rafa wins, he will strengthen his position at the top of the ATP Rankings and also add one more Slam to his already incredibile record of 15 Grand Slam titles. No one could predict at the start of the US Open that Nadal, who had big problems getting past the first rounds, will reach the final, especially after some disappointing performances following Roland Garros. But his tennis improved a lot in just two weeks and he proved once again that, on a good form, he can defeat anyone, anytime.
The semifinal against Del Potro was exactly like this. He started slow and lost the first set but then he crushed the Argentinian with 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, playing a stellar tennis.
On the other side of the net, Kevin Anderson must be overwhelmed. The South African is at the peak of his career at the US Open and he will try to defend his (rather small) chances in this final. The serve, his main feature, worked perfectly in the previous matches, but with Nadal this might not be enough. In the semifinal, the Spaniard returned most of Del Potro’s “missiles” and he also had no trouble fighting the Argentinian’s forehand, so Kevin Anderson will face a very tough match. At first glance, the final looks like a quick one, with Nadal winning in three sets. We’ll see what happens.

Now, for the live streaming, I will send you to tennisfans.tv, which seems to update their streams regularly. However, you can catch the action live on most tv stations all over the world.

Odds
As expected, the odds are against Kevin Anderson (7.00 – that’s 700% return), while Nadal has 1.12 (12% return, still pretty good considering this is the outcome everyone is expecting). Prepare for the odds to go down a lot for Nadal after the start of the match.

US Open: Coco Vandeweghe vs Madison Keys Preview, Odds, Live Streaming Info

The second all-American semifinal at the US Open will star Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, both players being for the second time in their careers in a Grand Slam semifinal. One of them, though, will get through the final.

Live Streaming
First of all, Coco Vandeweghe vs Madison Keys live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv – as I mentioned in the previous post, this is the only site not suffocated with ads and popups. They do not updated so often, but this week they had working live links for all the matches.

Vandeweghe is at her second Grand Slam semifinal this year. She had a great start of the season, reaching the last four at the Australian Open, then she faded away on both hard, clay and grass season. Her form began to improve again in August, when she reached the final in Stanford (lost to Madison Keys) but again she could not maintain a steady line and fell to Radwanska (Rogers Cup) and again to Keys in Cincinnati. She got into the semifinals by defeating the #1 seed Karolina Pliskova.

Madison Keys had a normal season so far, with one title win (in Stanford) and medium performances at the other tournaments. This match is, by far, the most important for her in the whole 2017 season, as she seems to play very well against Vandeweghe (the two met twice last month, with Keys victorious).

Odds
Madison Keys is credited with the first chance, at 1.71 (71% return of investment), while Vandeweghe is at 2.15 (115% return), odds which indicate a pretty tight match.

Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens – US Open Semifinal – Preview, Odds, Live Streaming Info

Venus Williams will take on Sloane Stephens in a match that few could see it as the 2017 semifinal. There are several reasons for that. First, Venus is 37 years old and she faced much younger opponents in her way to this semifinal, but somehow, she made it. Second, Sloane Stephens is back on the WTA tour for only two months, she did not play the first half of the season and now she’s just a match away from her biggest career performance since the Australian Open semifinal in 2013.

There’s a 13 year age gap between the two, but, as Federer and Nadal showed, age is just a number in today’s tennis. Sloane leads the direct meetings with 1-0, which is almost insignificant in statistics terms. It will all come down to which player will hit the ball more precisely and make fewer errors. Of course, it looks like Venus has the first chance, but Sloane will be a difficult opponent.

Live Streaming Info
Live Streaming for Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens – this is the only link I found that has no ads.

Odds
As I said, Venus has the first chance with 1.60 odds to win the match (a pretty good 60% return), while Sloane is at 2.35 (that is 135% return, more than double). Of course, the odds will change when the match starts.

Venus Williams road to the semifinal:
R1: def. V. Kuzmova
R2: def. O. Dodin
R3: def. M. Sakkari
R4: def. C. Suárez Navarro
QF: def. P. Kvitova (#13)

Sloane Stephens road to the semifinal:
R1: def. R. Vinci
R2: def. D. Cibulkova (#11)
R3: def. A. Barty
R4: def. J. Goerges (#30)
QF: def. A. Sevastova (#16)

US Open 2017: 8 players in the race for #1 spot

In total there are 8 female competitors with a shot at claiming the title from the current #1, Karolina Pliskova. Other players who will be competing to dethrone her are the world no.2 Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina with the most titles from the tour, former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, British No.1 Johanna Konta, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and the only two-time finalist of the year, Venus Williams.
Pliskovas lead as the world number one is by no means substantial. She holds a mere five points over Simona Halep. This season, Pliskova will try to retain as much as 1300 points she gained last year as a finalist.
The battle for the number 1 doubles ranking will also be decided in a couple of weeks. If the new number 1 Lucie Safarova and partner Barbora Strycova make their way into the final, they have a good chance of claiming the title.
Their main major opponents for the title will be Martina Hingis and partner
Chan Yung-jan, and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesina.
The ways things currently stand, team Makarova/Vesina must get into the final to have any chance at claiming the top spot; provided that Safarova does not reach the QF. If she does however, they would have to win the final, not that there was any less incentive for that in the first place.
Meanwhile, Hingis and Partner, Yung-jan are facing longer odds. Not only must they win the title, they would also require a loss before the round of 16 for Safarova.
The live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv.

US Open 2017 Preview: almost half of the Top 10 players not present at the start.

This year’s US Open will be the last chance for Tennis players to win a Grand Slam. And if past events are anything to go by, the venue at Flushing Meadows has favorable odds for the top-end players. In fact, in the past decade or so, Marin Cilic is the only player outside of the top six seeds to have won the event.
However, given that Cilic’s victory is an isolated occurrence, we can feel confident about the seeding area. Surprise Grand Slam winners are still very much considered a rarity even if we will not be seeing the likes of Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka or Nishikori. Men’s Grand Slams hardly ever end up that way.
The forecast for New York appears to be hospitable.
The weather is expected to be bright and sunny with a mean temperature in the mid-20s C. As long as we do not see a temperature spike for week 2, it is best for players to keep away from the excessive heat that has affected the area before. They can be severe enough to cause players to retire even during an early round.
The speed of the court here is considered to be medium-slow. It is not expected to have much of an effect on a player genre.

In spite of a comprehensive loss to Alexander Zverev in Montreal, there is little to doubt Federer’s form. His calendar year record stands at 35-3, way beyond any other competitor on the tour and is yet to be beaten in Grand Slams.
Federer is 36 years old now but over the past 12 months, his performance on hard court has been nothing short of spectacular, only trailing Murray by 1.7% on service points and return points combined. Unfortunately, Andy Murray will not compete in the 2017 edition of the US Open, a thing which makes Federer the big favourite.

To catch the action live, there are several options:
US Open official live scores on the USOpen site.
US Open live streaming on Tennisfans.tv (the site is ads clean, but I am not sure if they will put up live links, but they tend to do so when it comes to Grand Slams)
US Open live stream option 2 on VipBox – the downside is that the site is full of ads.

Enjoy!