Serena Williams’ Absence Makes For an Unfortunate Stat for American Players at US Open 2021

Published 09/07/2021, 12:17 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


Despite the absence of Venus and Serena Williams at the US Open 2021, the American line-up seemed robust enough. However, it ended terribly, as none of the male or female American tennis players qualified for the singles quarterfinals. Notably, it is the first time in the century-old US Open history that such a thing has happened.

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However, apart from the Williams sisters, the withdrawal of Sofia Kenin and Jennifer Brady because of injury also hurt the American line-up. The last ones to go out were Shelby Rogers against 18-year-old Emma Raducanu and Jenson Brooksby against World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

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US Open 2021 without Serena Williams helps Novak Djokovic break American players streak

Unquestionably, Venus and Serena both have single-handedly made a name for American tennis in the world. They own eight US Open titles; Venus has two, whereas Serena has six. Therefore, their absence was almost palpable.

Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

However, when Shelby Rogers upset World No.1, Ashleigh Barty, hope rose for the American fans. Not to forget how meticulously the fans supported local players to cause big upsets in the tournament. For instance, a hefty credit goes to the crowd behind Frances Tiafoe‘s win over Andrey Rublev in the fifth set.

But eventually, Rogers fell to a first-time main draw entrant in New York, Emma Raducanu. Hence, all hope was on the 20-year-old Jenson Brooksby.

Unexpectedly, the inspired American stole the first set from Novak Djokovic 6-1. Indeed, the electrifying energy from the crowd gave him the belief to go all the way.

However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion went straight back to business after the opening set. Soon, he closed the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after a fourth set winner against Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After Brooksby’s exit, no American singles player remains in the main draw. It will indeed cause a big blow to viewers and crowd capacity for the most crucial stages of the tournament.

Who can stop Djokovic at US Open 2021?

Next up, the Serbian World No.1 will meet his 2021 Wimbledon final opponent, Matteo Berrettini, in the quarterfinals. Afterward, he could potentially meet his conqueror at the Olympics, Alexander Zverev, in the semifinals.

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Ultimately, Djokovic might set up the US Open 2021 final against Australian Open 2021 finalist Daniil Medvedev

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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