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Ash Barty to Serve up Gold Medal in Tokyo

Jen Brady Leads US Hopes for the Podium

The Women’s Olympic tennis market is wide open, and that’s good news for bettors.

Chances of the United States winning gold took a hit when Coco Gauff and numerous other Americans pulled out of the Games, but Jen Brady is capable of pulling off an upset.

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Leading online betting markets is Ash Barty, who recently won at Wimbledon. The Australian is on the same line as home favorite Naomi Osaka, who hasn’t been on a mental health hiatus this season.

Value is available throughout the market, so we look at the best value players to follow at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics starting on July 31.

As well explore a variety of other tennis odds here to win!

Women’s Olympic Tennis Top Pick – Ash Barty

The women’s Olympic tennis gold isn’t always won by the best players in the world, but Ash Barty is the in-form player.

The 2016 gold medal went to Monica Puig and the 2008 gold went to Elena Dementieva, so it’s always a wide-open competition. However, we don’t think that will be the case in Tokyo.

Our top pick is Australia’s Ash Barty, who scored her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon earlier this month. She dropped only two sets throughout the tournament and she has put her homecoming on hold to win gold.

“I’m extremely proud to be on my first Olympic team,” Barty told The Guardian. “And I know we’re united, 490-odd Aussie Olympians going over as one team. I’m excited to be a part of that. And I’m excited to do Australians proud, as every other athlete will. I’m certainly looking forward to that experience.”

— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 19, 2021

Barty won’t return home to Queensland until at least October, but she understands the life of a professional athlete and is prepared to make sacrifices.

“Of course, there are sacrifices, but I think everyone in their profession over the last 12 or 18 months have had to make sacrifices of some sort,” she said. “The world has changed, without a doubt, but I feel incredibly grateful.”

Tennis betting markets have Barty at the top of the market at +400, so bettors get excellent value for the best player in the world.

Pick: Ash Barty +400

Women’s Olympic Tennis Next Best – Iga Swiatek

The Polish 20-year-old has been a little disappointing since winning the French Open in 2020, but she isn’t a player that can be overlooked.

Her best surface is clay, but she has shown an ability to play well on hard courts. She made the fourth round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, so she has been playing well without making the finals.

She is only a youngster, so there is plenty of room for improvement and the Olympic odds available are generous. Swiatek is paying +750 to win in Tokyo, which is well worth having on your ticket.

She goes under the radar and despite winning the French Open, she told the media that winning an Olympic medal would be the highlight of her career.

Poland has yet to win a medal in tennis at the Olympics, so the entire nation is behind her.

“This [the Olympics] is the most special thing for me but also the whole atmosphere,” Swiatek said. “It has always been a pleasure for me to play the Fed Cup or when I was a junior the European Championships. It’s been different in a positive way.

“It’s going to be nice playing with Poland on my shirt but if I was to win a medal it would probably be the highlight of my career.”

Pick: Iga Swiatek +750

Can Jen Brady Win?

The withdrawal of Coco Gauff due to contracting Covid was a major blow for Team USA, but Jen Brady has a chance to win.

Team USA is without many of its top players, including Serena Williams. However, Brady showed her class when making the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne this year.

She lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka, but it demonstrated that the 26-year-old can handle the pressure of being on the world stage.

American women have an excellent record at the Olympics. There have been five American winners, including Serena Williams in 2012, Venus Williams in 2000, and Jennifer Capriati in 1992, who of whom Brady reminds us.

Getting +2800 odds for a player of Brady’s caliber is good shopping, and she enters our calculations as a saver bet.

Pick: Jennifer Brady +2800

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