Serena Williams entered the U.S. Open as a sentimental lengthy shot, who, at 50-1 to win the match, did not obtain a lot assist from bettors. That is modified.
The betting public is flocking to wager Williams in her third-round match on Friday towards Ajla Tomljanovic (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and to win the match in what’s anticipated to be her ultimate Grand Slam. Williams, 40, has stated she plans to “evolve away from tennis” after the U.S. Open.
The betting motion on Friday’s match is heavy and lopsided on Williams at a number of sportsbooks. A spokesperson for sportsbook PointsBet informed ESPN that the Williams-Tomljanovic match would be the most closely wager match of the U.S. Open up to now, males’s or ladies’s, “by a landslide.” As of Friday afternoon, 90% of the bets and 95% of the cash wagered was on Williams within the match at PointsBet.
Williams had attracted 82% of the cash wager on Friday’s match at Caesars Sportsbook, the place her odds to win the match have improved from 50-1 to 14-1 after back-to-back wins.
Earlier than the match, Williams acquired solely 5.5% of the bets on the outright winner at Caesars. There have been 17 bets of $1,000 or extra on the outright winner earlier than the match; none of them had been on Williams. Greater bets confirmed up on Williams this week, although. She is the one participant to obtain a number of $1,000-plus bets because the match started and now has attracted essentially the most bets and most cash at Caesars Sportsbook.
“All people is getting excited for Serena, and for good purpose,” Adam Pullen, assistant director of buying and selling for Caesars Sportsbook, stated in an organization launch. “She has a winnable match arising subsequent, so the extra she progresses, the extra curiosity there shall be betting-wise.”
Getting into Friday’s match, 40% of the bets on the match winner at DraftKings had been on Williams, which is almost 3 times as many wagers as another participant had garnered.