The US Open highlighted the unpredictability of women’s tennis in the absence of the great Serena Williams, who won 10 of 19 Grand Slam events before taking a break to give birth to her first child after winning the Australian Open.
In Serena’s absence, the French Open was won by unseeded 150/1 outsider Jelena Ostapenko and Wimbledon by the 14th seed Garbine Muguruza.
At Flushing Meadows the title went to another unseeded player in Sloane Stephens, who was a 40/1 chance going into the tournament and had been available at 66/1 when she returned to action after an 11-month absence due to a foot injury as recently as July.
In 22 previous Grand Slam appearances, Stephens had made it to a solitary semi-final and had not been past the fourth round in 13 attempts. There’s a fourth-month gap before the next Grand Slam in Australia, for which Serena is expected to return and she is the current 4/1 favourite with Bet365 to win her eighth title in Melbourne.