ATP battling injuries, WTA Fighting For No. 1 At Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Masters (August 14th-20th) is one of the last events before the ATP and WTA heads to the US Open. While the men’s event has two clear favorites, the women’s singles have five players who could claim the No. 1 spot after the tournament.

Things are starting to heat up as we make our way through the second round, so let’s take a look at the favorites. Here are the odds for the men’s and women’s singles.

Cincinnati Masters Odds

Odds to win the men’s singles

Rafael Nadal: 2/1

Alexander Zverev: 4/1

Juan Martin Del Potro: 9/1

Dominic Thiem: 9/1

Grigor Dimitrov: 52/5

With Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Marin Čilić, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic all skipping the tournament, we have an extremely reduced field for the men’s singles.

Rafael Nadal, who is all but guaranteed the No. 1 rank after the tournament, is favored to win his fifth title of the year and only really has the young Alexander Zverev to contend with. By winning in Cincinnati, Nadal will equal Federer and Zverev for the most titles won so far this year.

Zverev sealed his fifth title of the year after winning the Canadian Open by beating Roger Federer, and the 20-year-old is now a favorite for any competition he enters. He faces wild card entrant Frances Tiafoe in the second round, who he’s expected to easily overcome.

Juan Martin Del Potro, Dominic Thiem, and Grigor Dimitrov are also among the favorites, but they’re taking a backseat to Nadal and Zverev. Del Potro is yet to win his first title of the season, while Thiem (two titles) and Del Potro (one title) have only won minor events.

Odds to win the women’s singles

Elina Svitolina: 2/1

Simona Halep: 4/1

Garbiñe Muguruza: 4/1

Karolína Plíšková: 17/3

Angelique Kerber: 9/1

Unlike the men’s singles, the women’s event is jam-packed with excitement. There are currently five players — Plíšková, Halep, Svitolina, Kerber, and Wozniacki — who could emerge from Cincinnati as the No. 1 women’s player.

Elina Svitolina broke the top ten for the first time this season and is well-positioned to win in Cincinnati. With five tournament victories this year, she currently leads the WTA in titles won in 2017. The young Ukrainian is in fine form after winning the Canadian Open and is the front-runner to win in Cincinnati and claim the top spot.

Simona Halep and Garbiñe Muguruza are also in contention for the title. Muguruza won’t be battling for the No. 1 spot, but she’s coming off a huge Wimbledon win. Halep is currently ranked second despite only having won one title this year.

The No. 1-ranked Karolína Plíšková is definitely a front-runner with three titles already this year, and Angelique Kerber is still an outside favorite despite her mediocre season so far.

Eaton Thatcher

Eaton used to write for MTS predominantly about boxing but also about soccer, football, tennis and basketball.

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