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US Open: British hopes at Flushing Meadows

Emma Raducanu completed one of the great underdog stories when winning the US Open as a teenager in 2021, and there will be a number of British hopefuls bidding to emulate her achievements this year.

Raducanu, who came through qualifying and therefore had to win 10 matches, became the first British tennis player to claim a Grand Slam Singles title since Andy Murray lifted his second Wimbledon crown in 2016.

Having been sidelined through injury since April, the 20-year-old will miss the fourth and final Grand Slam of the campaign, which severely weakens the home challenge on the WTA Tour.

World number 77 Katie Boulter is the highest-ranked British female, but there is greater depth on the ATP Tour with Cameron Norrie, Andy Murray and Dan Evans all ranked inside the world's top 50.

Many feel 21-year-old Jack Draper could be a potential Grand Slam champion of the future, but the world number 118, who made the third round of last year's US Open, missed a few months with injury and is still returning to full fitness.

WhatUS Open
WhereBillie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York
WhenMonday 28th August - Sunday 10th September, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming and Sky Sports
OddsMen: Novak Djokovic 6/5, Carlos Alcaraz 7/4, Daniil Medvedev 17/2
Women: Iga Swiatek 9/4, Aryna Sabalenka 4/1, Coco Gauff 7/1

Norrie spearheads the British challenge

At world number 16, Norrie is by some way the most productive British tennis player on current form, but he will be hoping for a change of fortunes in New York.

Norrie made the fourth round of the US Open last year, which came on the back of a semi-final run at Wimbledon, but this season has been less inspiring.

The 27-year-old could make only the second round at Wimbledon, losing to big-serving American Christopher Eubanks, and that followed third-round exits at both the Australian Open and the French Open.

The British number one claimed the biggest prize of his career on a hard court at the Indian Wells Masters in 2021 and, while current form suggests he may struggle to break his Grand Slam duck in the States, he could be one of the livelier outsiders at 125/1.

Norrie is a five-time champion on the ATP Tour and, unlike many, he has at least experienced the pressures of making the final four of a Grand Slam.

Rejuvenated Murray still believes

Andy Murray has nothing left to prove to the world of tennis, having won three Grand Slam titles during an era which saw him have to compete with three of the best ever in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

The last of those Grand Slam triumphs came at Wimbledon back in 2016, and yet despite being on the verge of retirement in 2019, Murray still believes.

The Scot has twice undergone hip surgery and at 36 years of age isn't getting any younger, but he is playing better now than he has done for some time.

Murray, the US Open champion in 2012, won two grass-court titles on the Challenger Tour in June before pushing fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to a thrilling fifth set in the second round at Wimbledon.

The Briton made the third round of last year's US Open, where he lost in four sets to Matteo Berrettini, but he looks in better shape now and, with confidence in his body restored, is dangerous to underestimate.

Victory is likely to prove beyond the current world number 37, but he is capable of causing a stir and is one player the seeds won't want to come up against early. He is 150/1 to be crowned champion.

Evans confident ahead of Flushing Meadows

Dan Evans will be full of confidence after recently winning the biggest title of his caarer at the Citi Open and he has performed well at the US Open in recent years.

The world number 30 has reached at least the third round in five of his six visits to Flushing Meadows and even made the last 16 two years ago, when he bumped into eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.

Evans is capable of producing another strong performance in New York, but his inconsistencies make him difficult to trust, so it is likely a first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance will evade him.

Burrage a player to keep on side

With Emma Raducanu's hopes of being back in New York ended by injury, many eyes will be on Boulter, but Jodie Burrage is another British female on the up.

The 24-year-old was beaten by Katie Boulter in the WTA Nottingham final in June, her maiden title decider on the WTA Tour, while she ticked off another goal when winning her first Grand Slam match at this year's Wimbledon. 

That has seen her rise up to world number 93, 16 positions below Boulter, but the 24-year-old has had less time to prove herself and should improve with experience.

Burrage and Boulter are both 500/1 to spring a huge surprise and go all the way in New York.

Lily Miyazaki impressively came through qualifying to reach the main draw of the US Open for the first time in her career. The 27-year-old is 1/3 to win her first round clash with Margarita Betova.

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