Based on 2014, we have no clue what to expect from Serena Williams this season, but there are a couple of young Americans ready to break through.
Make no mistake: Kei Nishikori's run to the US Open final was no aberration. Matter of fact, he might go one round further this season.
One year ago, Flavia Pennetta wasn't sure how much more tennis was in her future. But here she is ... an Indian Wells champ, Howard Bryant writes.
No one questions how wonderfully gifted Agnieszka Radwanska is, but a fatal lack of power has kept her from joining the elite, writes Howard Bryant.
The game seems to come almost too easily to Sloane Stephens, but she still has a lot of work to do in 2014.
Intimidation is far secondary to the efficiency and power of Serena Williams' game. They are the reason she's so intimidating.
For Howard Bryant, 2012 will be remembered not only for the great players and the great matches and the terrific storylines, but also for the individual, sometimes history-shifting moments of competition.
During the week in Madrid, the new blue clay surface has been discussed as if players were now being asked to play tennis underwater. The head games leading to the French Open are in full swing.