It's crazy but true. No American woman has made it past the fourth round of a major this year. Is there a reason to believe things will be different on home turf at the US Open? You betcha. Here are seven players to keep an eye on at Flushing Meadows.
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.
Roger Federer appeared to lose focus in his first match back after the birth of his second set of twins, losing to 47th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday.