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September 22 • 05:38
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US Players at the US Open

September 13, 2011
American Hopes Raised a Little

Don't get too excited yet, but the American men had a much improved showing in the singles and took two doubles titles.

MEN'S SINGLES: 19 Wins (vs. 13 in 2010)

Reasons for encouragement:

- 8 men won 1st rounders (including 18 year old Jack Sock and 22 year old Donald Young)

- 5 men won 2nd rounders

- 4 men reached the 4th round (Bogomolov and Fish with Isner and Roddick; avg. age: 28)

- 2 men reached the quarters


The USTA is even more excited about it's women, given the number of young women who performed well and won matches. Why shouldn't this be exciting when the women's game is wide-open and 6 of the top 10 - led by a 20 year old - are over 27 years old (not counting Serena, almost 30 who moved up to only #14 from 28, while Stosur moved from #10 to 7).

- 8 women won 1st rounders (4 were 21 or under, including 15 year old Madison Keys and 17 year old Lauren Davis)

- 5 women won 2nd rounders (including 18 year old Sloane Stephens, 19 year old Christine McHale, 21 year old Irina Falconi and 22 year old Vania King (runner-up in doubles)

- Serena reached her 6th US Open final

THE USA won the women's doubles (the 4th seeds Huber and Raymond) and the mixed doubles (Sock and Oudin, who beat last year's champions Bob Bryan and Huber in the 1st round).

The two titles we expected to win, the women's singles and the men's doubles, didn't come through. The Bryans, defending the title, lost in the 1st round while Serena was upset by the #9 seed in the final (Stosur). Had the USA won these two titles, it would have been closer to a sweep than anything in decades.

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