It wasn’t very long ago that the Williams sisters, Serena especially, were winning every tournament they entered. And after a long line of greats from the US like Everette, Capriati, King, and Graf, we had become spoiled on winning here in the US in the women’s game. But while the Williams sisters were breaking records at an unprecedented pace, there also seemed to be a void growing. Where would the next generation come from and also when would they get here?
The answer is now! They are here and are already making their own mark in the hallowed halls of US Women’s Tennis history. Let’s take a look at some of the top growing American stars of the sport.
Sofia Kenin, at 21 years of age, just scooped up her first major at the Australian Open. To most onlookers, she seemed to come out of nowhere, but Sofia has been on US tennis radars for several years now.
Her all-around game should work wonders for her on most surfaces and she should have more majors to come as long as her health holds up. But while Sofia is getting all the attention and rightly so, there are many other young guns vying for the US Women’s supreme title that Serena has held onto for so long now.
Coco Gauff is only 15 years old. Yes, you read that right. She is already a force to be reckoned with at such a young age. She actually beat the world number 1, Naomi Osaka, in the Australian Open this year and took eventual champion Kenin to a 3rd set. She won her first title last year in Linz.
Already in the top 50 in the world rankings, this young lady might actually be the top contender to take over where Serena will one day leave off. Coco is playing at a level far above other players who were on tour before she was even born. So, keep her on your radar for any potential upsets in tournaments, if they can even be called an upset.
Amanda Anisimova is another talented youngster who just turned 18 and already has a resume full of fantastic results in big tournaments. She made the French Open semifinals last year at only 17 years of age, beating the defending champion Simona Halep in the quarters to get there before losing to eventual champion Ash Barty in a close three-setter.
She already has her first major tour win coming from Bogota and has signature wins over Petra Kvitova, Arnya Sabalenka, and Simona Halep. This young gun will be contending for major finals very soon indeed.
The Best of the Rest
Keep your eyes on Whitney Osuigwe, Catherine McNally, and Hailey Baptiste. These young ladies already have wins over multiple top 50 players, McNally has a doubles title with Gauff. These are the next tier in what should be a stacked Fed Cup team for the US.
So, there we have it. For anyone wondering where American tennis will go after Serena, just look to the youngsters. They aren’t coming up, they are already here and I for one, can’t be more excited to watch what happens.