The time is now for Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep. And they know it. With Serena Williams' mysterious slip, the rising stars have battled their way into Grand Slam finals and made the sport all the more compelling.
One advanced. The other fell. But young American bright spots Alison Riske and Christina McHale both proved their ability in their third-round matches Saturday and provided hope for the future of U.S. women's tennis.
Sloane Stephens reached the third round in the 2011 and 2012 US Open, the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2012, the Australian Open semifinals in January, the fourth round at the French Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month.
Sloane Stephens, the final American, is out, and the women's semifinals are set. In an already-wacky Wimbledon, the semis not surprisingly are comprised of three players nobody would have expected and one many may have never heard of.