US Open Tennis 2014: Championship Odds & Predictions for Top Contenders

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US Open Tennis 2014: Championship Odds & Predictions for Top Contenders
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Novak Djokovic hits a forehand during a match at the 2014 Rogers Cup.

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are ranked No. 1, have the top seeds and according to Odds Shark, are also the favorites to win the 2014 U.S. Open. 

Williams seeks her 18th Grand Slam and third consecutive U.S. Open title. Djokovic hopes to win his second Slam this year and another U.S. Open. 

Notable absences from the field impacted seeding. Li Na, ranked No. 3 and No. 2 Rafael Nadal, both withdrew due to injuries.

This allowed Maria Sharapova, ranked No.6 to be seeded No. 5. Roger Federer, ranked No. 3, is seeded No. 2.

The oddsmakers ignored rankings and seeding. David Ferrer is ranked No. 5 and seeded No. 4. However, Ferrer is a long-shot at 66-1 odds. Meanwhile, 2012 Champion, Andy Murray, ranked No. 9 and seeded No. 8, is at 4-1 odds.

Victoria Azarenka, runner-up in the past two U.S. Open finals, has seen her ranking slip to No. 17. Yet she is considered a better bet, at 20-1, than Angelique Kerber, seeded No. 6, at 40-1. 

That's because when it comes to winning Slams, those with one have a better chance at winning another. Here's a look at how the oddsmakers and Bleacher Report view the chances of the top-five seeds on the men's and women's side.

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