WTA Western & Southern Open Women’s Singles Round of 32 Odds & Picks

WTA Western & Southern Open Women's Singles Round of 32 Odds & Picks

Iga Swiatek

Aug 11, 2022; North York, ON, Canada; Iga Swiatek (POL) returns a ball to Beatriz Haddad Maia (not pictured) during third round play at Sobeys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest names – Osaka, Serena, Venus – are already out of the Western & Southern Open
But the highest seeds – Swiatek, Badosa, Jabeur – only start their tournament Wednesday, August 17
It feels like another early-tourney day of upsets at the Western & Southern Open. Read on for our best predictions

Not that most expected Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams or Serena Williams to make a deep run at the Western & Southern Open this year.

But all three were on the Stadium court Tuesday in Mason, Ohio. And all three went down. None of them even won a set.

Osaka was (optimistically) at least among the top five favorites before the tournament began. So was Coco Gauff.

But the new doubles No. 1 had a calf issue in her match against Marie Bouzkova, and retired down a set and an early break.

Western & Southern Open Women’s Round of 32 Odds

Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
-3.5 (-120)
-225
O 20.5 (-118)
Zhang Shuai (CHN)
+3.5 (-106)
+175
U 20.5 (-107)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
+2.5 (-125)
+102
O 20.5 (-122)
Petra Kvitova (CZE)
-2.5 (-105)
-129
U 20.5 (-104)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[WC] Caty McNally (USA)
+5.5 (-106)
+475
O 19.5 (-103)
[5] Ons Jabeur (TUN)
-5.5 (-120)
-670
U 19.5 (-124)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[7] Jessica Pegula (USA)
-4.5 (-105)
-275
O 20.5 (-113)
 [Q] Marta Kostyuk (UKR)
+4.5 (-121)
+210
U 20.5 (-112)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[14] Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
-2.5 (-117)
-175
O 21.5 (-117)
 Elise Mertens (BEL)
+2.5 (-109)
+138
U 21.5 (-109)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
-4.5 (-106)
-265
O 20.5 (-115)
[8] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
+4.5 (-121)
+210
U 20.5 (-110)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[1] Iga Swiatek (POL)
-6.5 (+107)
-770
O 18.5 (-120)
[WC] Sloane Stephens (USA)
+6.5 (-136)
+540
U 18.5 (-107)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[6] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
-4.5 (-108)
-278
O 20.5 (-117)
[Q] Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)
+4.5 (-118)
+220
U 20.5 (-109)
Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[3] Paula Badosa (ESP)
-2.5 (-122)
-180
O 21.5 (-107)
[Q] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)
+2.5 (-104)
+143
U 21.5 (-120)

Odds as of Aug. 16 at Barstool Sportsbook. Use this Barstool Sportsbook promo code to bet on the Western & Southern Open

Wednesday feels like a day of upsets, notably because so many of the top players haven’t displayed much consistent form.

Among the definite possibilities for outright upsets are Tomljanovic over Badosa, and Cirstea over Kvitova.

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Swiatek vs Stephens Prediction

Since her long winning streak ended at Wimbledon against Alizé Cornet, the world No. 1 has gone a rather pedestrian 3-2 in two tournaments.

Swiatek was beaten in the quarterfinals of her home event in Poland by Caroline Garcia. And in Toronto last week she lost a major tussle in her second match to Beatriz Haddad Maia, who went all the way to the final.

Hardly bad losses as both are quality players. But Swiatek is the world No. 1 by a mile. As good as they are, she’s supposed to be a lot better.

And then there is Sloane Stephens.

Stephens is a former Grand Slam champion. She’s a former world No. 3. She’s capable of catching fire – if she’s in the mood – and stroking anyone off the court on a given day.

Lately, those days haven’t been given much. But she got a wild card and is playing in her home country. And she absolutely crushed Cornet Monday night, beating her 6-1, 6-0 and winning 60 of 93 total points.

It’s their first-ever meeting.

If Stephens is in one of those moods, Swiatek might be in for it despite the overwhelming odds in her favor.

Pick: Over 2.5 Sets (+250)

McNally vs Jabeur Prediction

Jabeur is a huge favorite in this one, which features McNally as the “hometown” wild card.

McNally has proven to be a fine doubles player after a great junior career. But for whatever reason – despite her variety of skills – it still hasn’t clicked in singles yet even though she’s still only 20.

Beating a quality opponent in Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round (in a third-set tiebreak) will help her confidence. But she has only beaten one top-50 player over the last two years (Mertens, on grass in June). And Jabeur has beaten her routinely in their two previous meetings

Pick: Jabeur in Two Sets (-200)

Rybakina vs Muguruza Prediction

Elena Rybakina hasn’t exactly been tearing it up since her unexpected Wimbledon title, although her first three matches (1-2) went three sets. She dispatched Mayar Sherif fairly routinely in the first round in Cincinnati.

And Garbiñe Muguruza defeated her on grass in Berlin, a year ago.

But the Spanish former No. 1 is in the throes of a major tennis crisis of confidence since winning the WTA Tour finals last November. She has won back-to-back matches only once all year – and that was back in February.

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— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) June 30, 2022

Most often, she hasn’t even taken a set in defeat.

She just won’t be able to move well enough to catch up to Rybakina’s power.

Pick: Under 18.5 Games (+170)

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MLB
NHL
Tennis

Stephanie gets the straight dope from the tennis insiders. On court, she has represented her country internationally. A BA in journalism led to years on the MLB beat and a decade covering tennis globally. She’s written for Postmedia, the Guardian, the New York Times and also publishes OpenCourt.ca.

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