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The State Of Americans At The US Open

by Kenny Mintz | Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2014
(John Sibley/Action Images)

(John Sibley/Action Images)

As the first week of the US Open tennis tournament comes to a close, there is only one American player that remains. Without surprise, Serena Williams [1] is thriving at the 2014 US Open. After defeating Townsend, King, and Lepchenko, Serena Williams outplayed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in their fourth round matchup. After crusiing to a 6-3, 6-3 victory, Williams now must prepare for Flavia Pennetta [11]. Williams has yet to lose a set throughout the first four rounds of her dominant tournament, so far. As the lone hope of the American fans, Serena Williams has the capability to take advantage of the weakened Women’s Singles draw.

You may be wondering, what happened to the other 28 American singles players who entered the US Open tournament? Unfortunately, 9 of the 12 American Men’s Singles players, who entered the main draw, lost their first round matches. On the other hand, only 5 of the 17 American Women’s Singles players, who entered the main draw, saw their exit during the first round of the open. But, what does this prove? Does the future of American women’s tennis have a bright future? Indeed, in the following years, American tennis fans will intently watch the rise of Catherine Bellis, 15 years old, who already garnered a US Open victory against Dominika Cibulkova [12].

Additionally, Nicole Gibbs, another American with a bright future, acheived new heights by reaching the third round. After competing with Flavia Pennetta [11] in the first set of her third round match, 6-4, Gibbs ended up losing grasp of her US Open hopes as she lost the second set, 6-0. Be assured that Gibbs will continually reach latter rounds of America’s open, and garner the hopes and cheers of fans everywhere during next year’s Grand Slams. Despite a disappointing first round loss against veteran superstar Ana Ivanovic, Allison Riske is prepared to succeed as she enters the prime of her career. After turning 24 in July, Riske has gained adequate experience to compete with the best of the best. As women’s tennis in America is forecasted to dominate at future Grand Slams, the future of the American men is more ominous.

Year after year, highly coveted American men, John Isner [13] and Sam Querrey fall short of making deep runs into major tournaments. With one of the most powerful serves in the game of tennis, Isner repeatedly wins his service games, but that is not what troubles him. Unable to break his opponent’s serve, 6-foot-10 Isner constantly finds himself in a tiebreak. In fact, Isner went into a tiebreak in 6 out of the 10 sets that he played at this year’s open. For the third straight US Open, Philipp Kohlschreiber [22] knocked John Isner off his home court and sent him packing, once again. Also ousted in the Third Round, Sam Querrey was defeated by Novak Djokovic [1]. Querrey has not been past the third round at any Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open, when he lost in the round of 16.

Moreover, Donald Young and Jack Sock both saw their US Open hopes diminish during the first round. Young and Sock are now turning their attention to the doubles court. Partnered with Taylor Townsend, Donald Young has not failed to show his skillset as a mixed doubles player. The successful duo defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Alexander Peya [2] in the second round, showing promise for a strong American mixed doubles team. Young and Townsend have reached the semifinals of the Mixed Doubles tournament after defeating Ashleigh Barty and John Peers, 2-6, 7-6, 10-5, in the quarterfinals.

Also seeking success as doubles players, Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil [8], entered the third round of the Men’s Doubles tournament, today. Sock and Pospisil were defeated by Argentinian duo, Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer, 6-2, 6-2, on Grandstand. As always, the Bryan Brothers remain favorites in the Men’s Doubles draw, as they led off the day on Louis Armstrong Stadium against fellow American doubles team, Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek. As expected, Bob and Mike Bryan are moving on to the fourth round after their 6-3, 7-6 win. American men aspire to display their skills on the doubles court, since their chances on the singles court have been diminished.

The focus of American tennis fans turns to Serena Williams and beyond. Despite the disappointments on both sides of the draw for the red, white, and blue, the future remains intact. Present disappointment and frustration, will turn to excitement and notoriety for Americans at future major tournaments. Instead of hanging your head, simply be patient and await the next American superstar. Trust me, it will be worth your time.

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Kenny is a senior at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, New York and is interested in majoring in either Finance or Actuarial Math when he attends college. Throughout his time at Wantagh High School, Kenny has been the President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and the Captain of the Wantagh Varsity Tennis Team. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Kenny is also a member of the National Business Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society. Kenny is consistently looking to take part in business undertakings and gain experience in the professional world. In the future, Kenny hopes to combine his communication skills, with his mathematics-based intended major.
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Kenny is a senior at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, New York and is interested in majoring in either Finance or Actuarial Math when he attends college. Throughout his time at Wantagh High School, Kenny has been the President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and the Captain of the Wantagh Varsity Tennis Team. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Kenny is also a member of the National Business Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society. Kenny is consistently looking to take part in business undertakings and gain experience in the professional world. In the future, Kenny hopes to combine his communication skills, with his mathematics-based intended major.

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