The US Open is finally underway at the Billie Jean King Tennis Complex in Flushing Meadows, New York. Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek are the men’s and women’s betting favorites to win the fourth Grand Slam of the year, but tennis is an incredibly unpredictable sport.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the first-round matches that could end in upsets so you don’t miss your chance to bet against the US Open Odds.
US Open Betting Opportunities for the Top 1st Round Games
Kyle Edmund (+800) vs Casper Ruud (-1400)
There’s going to be a handful of upsets in the first round. This is true for every tournament. Casper Ruud is as great of an option as any betting favorite to lose his first-round match.
Ruud, a Norwegian who reached a career-best world No. 5 earlier this summer, hasn’t been playing up to his capabilities as of late. The French Open finalist lost in the second round at Wimbledon and first round at the Swedish Open. He won the Swiss Open, but is coming off of a first-round upset to American Ben Shelton at the Western & Southern Open.
Edmund, a massive underdog, is only three years removed from being a top-15 player in the world. He’s never played Ruud in his career.
Filip Krajinovic (+300) vs Alex De Minaur (-400)
Like Ruud, Alex De Minaur is slightly removed from playing some high-level tennis. More recently, he has struggled to show the form he is capable of. The 23-year-old Aussie lost to his compatriot Nick Kyrgios in the Round of 16 at the Canadian Open and lost to Canadian Felix-Auger Aliassime in the Round of 32 at the Western & Southern Open.
Filip Krajinovic, meanwhile, is a crafty veteran who isn’t going to go away easily. He represents a tough first-round challenge for De Minaur and won’t go away quietly. De Minaur won their only match (0-6, 6-4, 6-4) last year at the Cincinnati Masters.
Tatjana Maria (+350) vs Maria Sakkari (-500)
Tatjana Maria is 2-1 against Maria Sakkari in her career, but the Greek player is the favorite here based on her ranking. The world No. 3 player, however, lost in the Round of 16 at the Canadian Open and is coming off of a first-round loss to Caroline Garcia in the Western & Southern Open.
Maria, meanwhile, is a feisty veteran who has a tendency to perform well against top competition, especially this season. She advanced all the way to the semifinals at Wimbledon.
Ons Jabeur (-800) vs Madison Brengle (+500)
Ons Jabeur, who defeated Maria in the semifinals at Wimbledon, hasn’t looked quite as impressive since losing in the Wimbledon final to Elena Rybakina. She lost in the Round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open and in the Round of 32 at the Canadian Open.
Jabeur has only played her US Open first-round opponent, Madison Brengle, once in the past. Jabeur won that match 7-6, 6-2, at the Hobart International in Australia in 2020. Brengle, however, will have the home crowd on her side and could surprise the talented Tunisian.