Back in the Round of 16 at a major for the first time since 1999, the 32-year-old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is appreciating tennis like never before as she heads into Sunday's US Open showdown against Sara Errani.
Venus Williams is serving heat at more than 110 mph and is into the third round of the US Open for the first time since 2010. Is she posed to make a run? Absolutely. Just don't tell her she has to give up her doubles game to do it.
There are a number of candidates who will be competing long after Venus and Serena Williams hang up their tennis shoes, as evidenced by the number of American women making it past the US Open first round.