Monday, September 1, 2014

Serena Williams is America's only hope in Flushing

Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday. It is the five-time Open champ's first appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal this year. "I finally made a quarterfinal!" she screamed after the match.

For America, Williams is the only hope to keep one of the singles trophies at home in the States. John Isner, the No. 1 American in the men's draw, caught an early exit at the hands of No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber on Saturday.

Williams' path to the title is a desirable one, now that many of the women's top seeds suffered upsets. She will see 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta in the quarters, while a potential semifinal contest will include No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, No. 16 Victoria Azarenka, No. 17 Ekaterina Makarova, or unseeded Aleksandra Krunic. 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is the highest possible seed she will see in the finals as seven of the top ten have already been eliminated. Williams is the tournament's No. 1.

So while American tennis is down and out in the men's draw, Serena Williams is keeping the hope alive in the women's game.

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!