It’s not the post-Williams era yet, but U.S. tennis fans are getting a look at how the women’s landscape will look with Serena and Venus gone.
American women went 0-3 on Friday at Indian Wells. Two rookie Americans are left in the draw after receiving a flurry of U.S. wildcards, but matched against veteran opponents, means that by the end of Saturday all U.S. women will be out of the event.
Losing on Friday were (WC) Coco Vandeweghe to No. 6 seed Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1, Bethanie Mattek-Sands to No. 10 Shahar Peer in three sets, and Melanie Oudin to No. 23 Yanina Wickmayer in straights.
Mattek-Sands has a lot of grit for having few weapons. She will never be a Top 10 player, but she is making the most of her game. Vandeweghe still seems to be on the upswing despite some nuttiness in her traveling entourage. Oudin however needs to fire that coach that was banging her mom and go in a completely new direction.
On Saturday the exodus will likely be completed when American Sloane Stephens takes on world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, and Christina McHale plays two-time Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Instead of putting money into player development maybe the U.S.T.A. could try and get some Eastern Europeans to change their nationalities aka Kazakhstan’s Davis Cup team?
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