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40/1 Stephens Lands US Open Title

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.