The women’s tennis singles field for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been finalized, and betting markets have arrived at DraftKings Sportsbook. Unlike the men’s side, the Olympic women’s tennis field features a highly competitive and balanced group.
Below we’ll take a look at women’s Olympic tennis odds, format and schedule.
Olympic women’s tennis odds
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With the field locked in on Monday, we know which players will compete in Tokyo.
Perhaps most notably, Japanese phenom Naomi Osaka will return to action after withdrawing from the French Open and skipping Wimbledon. Osaka took the break for personal reasons but said she’s ready to roll now. She’s been notably strong on hard court, winning four Grand Slam tournaments on the surface.
The betting market has installed the world No. 2 at the top of the board. She checks in at +450, with top-ranked Wimbledon champ Ashleigh Barty just a hair behind at +500.
From a betting perspective, that means any futures play has the potential for a pretty sizable payout. DK Sportsbook has opened markets for half of the field and all but four of those players feature odds of +1000 or greater.
Barty and Osaka have already been seeded on opposite sides of the draw, but the rest of the bracket has yet to be filled in.
As far as American players go, Jennifer Brady represents the best hope at gold. She’s listed at +1800 in the early markets and rounds out the top 10.
Meanwhile, 2012 gold medalist Serena Williams has opted against chasing another medal. Other notable omissions from the field include top-20 ranked players Sofia Kenin (No. 4), Bianca Andreescu (No. 5), Simona Halep (No. 10) and Victoria Azarenka (No. 14).
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Schedule, format and how to watch
The format for 2020 Olympic women’s tennis singles mirrors the men’s event. That is, 64 players will enter a single-elimination bracket, with the last player standing claiming gold.
Again, they’ll play on hard court. Bettors can reference Tennis Abstract’s ELO ratings to figure out which players may gain value on the surface and which players may have a tougher time.
Scheduled matches begin sometime on July 24, but they may play early enough to appear live on TV in the U.S. on July 23. Actual play schedule won’t be determined until closer to match time. However, here are the time slots where matches could potentially happen, converted to EDT:
- Round of 64: 10 p.m. on July 23 to 7 a.m. on July 24; 10 p.m. on July 24 to 7 a.m. on July 25
- Round of 32: 10 p.m. on July 25 to 7 a.m. on July 26
- Round of 16: 10 p.m. on July 26 to 7 a.m. on July 27
- Quarterfinals: 10 p.m. on July 27 to 7 a.m. on July 28
- Semifinals: 10 p.m. on July 28 to 7 a.m. on July 29
- Bronze medal and gold medal: 11 p.m. on July 30 to 7 a.m. on July 31
Whenever matches become individually scheduled, use this free converter to find out when they air locally on the NBC family of networks.