It was already a tough existence for the American women, but when Madison Keys withdrew, it meant not a single Yank would be around for the fourth round, writes Melissa Isaacson.
Eugenie Bouchard is making another deep run at a Grand Slam after reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals by beating the player who upset Serena Williams.
With Serena Williams out, Maria Sharapova will be rife with confidence when business week at the All England Club begins Monday.
American tennis gets a bad rap, but there's reason for optimism at Wimbledon.
Just days after winning her first title, young American Madison Keys has developed a taste for titles. She kept her Wimbledon hopes alive with a first-round win over Monica Puig.
Sloane Stephens was more philosophical than heartbroken after her first-round Wimbledon loss to 109th-ranked Maria Kirilenko ended her streak of fourth-round appearances in majors at six.
If the past is any indication, the one thing to count on in the women's draw is that something weird will happen at Wimbledon this fortnight.
Madison Keys claimed the first title of her career on Saturday when she defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to win the Aegon Championships.
Angelique Kerber of Germany reached her second Aegon International final with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki on Friday.
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico and Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain will play for a first WTA title when they meet in the Strasbourg International final after both defeated American players on Friday.
Former champion Andrea Petkovic of Germany lost 6-4, 6-4 to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International on Thursday.
Third-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and fifth-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia both lost in the first round of the Strasbourg International on Monday.
One of the rising stars in U.S. tennis, Madison Keys is slowly and steadily making her way up the WTA rankings.
Serena Williams brushed aside Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 to open her defense of the Madrid Open title on Sunday, while Maria Sharapova beat Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.
Caroline Garcia is still trying to figure out her recent success.
Madison Keys rallied for a three-set victory over Alize Cornet on Saturday, giving the United States a split of the opening two matches in its Fed Cup weekend against France.