In Serena Williams’ Absence, Which American Player Has the Best Chance at US Open 2021?

Published 08/27/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 14: Serena Williams serves during her match against Shelby Rogers during Top Seed Open – Day 5 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


The US Open 2021 is less than a week away and fans seem quite excited about the Grand Slam. Unfortunately, both Venus and Serena Williams are not playing in New York this year, and thus, the American fans have huge expectations from their new and young players.

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The American tennis roster didn’t play well at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. In Venus and Serena Williams’ absence, the country failed to win a single medal in tennis for the first time in 101 years. In such a situation, who are the players who can deliver for the United States at the US Open 2021?

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021. John Isner of the U.S. in action during his quarter final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Sergio Perez

On the men’s side, John Isner, Reilly Opelka, and Taylor Fritz have a really good chance at the US Open 2021. Out of these three, all the eyes will be on Isner who has a great serve and can create problems for his opponents. His best performance at the US Open came in 2018 when he managed to reach the quarters. However, the former World No.8 would like to end on the winning side this year.

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Surprisingly, Andy Roddick was the last American male player to lift the US Open in 2003. Since then, no American player has even reached the finals of the Grand Slam.

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After Serena Williams’ exit, which female player can lift the US Open 2021 title?

In the last three years, Serena Williams played two finals and one semi-final at the US Open. Even though she couldn’t win matches under pressure, she kept the hope of American fans alive at the Grand Slam. However, in her absence, who will be able to make her nation proud?

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021. Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match against Russia’s Elena Vesnina REUTERS/Paul Childs

With Sofia Kenin’s withdrawal from the US Open 2021, all the eyes will be on Jennifer Brady, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Coco Gauff. Out of them, Gauff and Brady have the best chance to succeed at the upcoming major as both of them have played some exceptional tennis this year.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Jennifer Brady of the U.S. after losing her final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

While Brady was the runner-up of the Australian Open 2021, World No.23 Gauff has shown some amazing skills on the court this season. Thus, it will be interesting to see how far these two players reach at the tournament.

Sloane Stephens was the last American player who won the US Open title in 2017. However, she has not been in great form ever since then. Will she be able to shock everyone and win her second Grand Slam title in New York this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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