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.
The top three women's seeds have been vanquished, thanks to Agnieszka Radwanska's brilliant upset of No. 2 Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday, but those remaining are playing compelling tennis heading into the semifinals.
Steffi Graf has done it. So hasn't Margaret Court and Maureen Connolly. Serena Williams is primed to join their company as the winner of a true Grand Slam this year, but it all starts with getting past Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open.
Top-ranked Serena Williams is the US Open champion again because she finally prevailed over No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-1 in the longest women's championship (2 hours, 45 minutes) since 1980.