At first glance Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki’s seven-match hardcourt history is a one-sided affair, but the Dane has taken her friend the distance more often than not.
World number one Williams is 9/50 for a third-successive US Open final victory that will see her match a record which is currently under the sole ownership of Chris Evert.
That makes Wozniacki a lengthy 15/4 outsider to go one better than when going down to Kim Clijsters in the 2009 decider at Flushing Meadows.
In her way stands a force of nature an opponent who has yet allow a foe to win more than three service games in any set during the tournament.
While, given her rival’s merciless form, backing the right-hander from Odense to lift the imaginatively-titled US Open Trophy is strictly for the gamblers out there, there’s a persuasive case for backing Wozniacki to take at least a set at 6/5.
As previously stated, Serena dominates their hardcourt head-to-head by a margin of seven wins to one.
However, one of those saw the Dane with the Polish name withdraw injured and just two of their remaining six completed clashes on the surface they’ll clash upon in Queens went down with out the world number 11 taking a set.
It’s not as if news.bwin.com/en/ have had to blow clouds of dust off the ledger either, with the pair duelling at both Montreal and Cincinnati within the last month.
On both occasions the Michigan native was the one to prevail by a margin of two sets to one, with Williams twice pulling off come from behind victories.
For the loser of the first set to win the match for their third meeting in succession is an 11/4 wager with the boys in black and gold, while a Serena success by two sets to one can be backed at a slightly longer 14/5.