Although there's no one ready to replace Serena Williams, a new generation of American women is making waves.
The bad news is the recent American prodigies have melted under the spotlight. But there is some good news: lower expectations.
For players such as Dinara Safina, the hype of yore ultimately dissolved into disappointment. Thus, the U.S. Open will reveal exactly where they stand.
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