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Women's Australian Open outright odds (As of Sept. 9)

Serena Williams: 5.10
Naomi Osaka: 5.50
Ashleigh Barty: 8.00
Bianca Andreescu: 8.00
Petra Kvitova: 10.00


Bianca Andreescu made history on Saturday, becoming the first Canadian tennis player to win a singles title at a Grand Slam, defeating heavily favoured Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open.

She accomplished the feat at just 19 years of age. Andreescu’s victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York also meant a big payday for sports bettors in British Columbia and Manitoba, with roughly $34,000 paid out to bettors who wagered on the Ladies U.S. Open outright market prior to the semifinal round.

PlayNow Sports took a total of 253 bets on Andreescu to win the tournament outright, with 43 per cent of the total stake on the 19-year-old phenom, as well. That also included bets on Andreescu to win the U.S. Open outright immediately following her victory at Indian Wells in March, when her outright odds for the final grand slam of 2019 were 30.00 at PlayNow.com.

At this time last year, she was 210th in the WTA rankings. This year, however, has been her breakthrough campaign, with three Singles event wins that includes a Grand Slam. Andreescu’s outright odds for the U.S. Open fluctuated all year.

On March 14, her outright odds stood at 50.00 at PlayNow.com, but moved up all the way to 14.00 just prior to the start of the U.S. Open late last month. By last Thursday, as the tournament moved into the semifinal round, those outright odds shifted to 3.45.

As expected, Andreescu entered Saturday’s finale as the underdog against Serena Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles over the course of her illustrious career.

Andreescu’s odds to win the championship match were 3.20 at PlayNow.com on Saturday.

She is now tied with Ashleigh Barty with the third best odds at PlayNow.com to win the 2020 Ladies Australian Open in January.

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