Kenin, Anisimova, Fritz, Gauff & McNally; American’s looking to make a mark in New York!

The highest ranked American on the combined tours right now is Serena Williams but despite being 37 the 23 time major champion is still on top but sadly won’t be here forever.

Who should we be looking out for in the future but also at the US Open?

Sofia Kenin

The 20 year old is having a very good season. She has just broken top 25 in the world and I like her fearless and no nonsense approach.

She’s won titles in Hobart and Mallorca this year on the singles tour with also a doubles title in Auckland with Eugenie Bouchard. Kenin began her year ranked at number 52 in the world and has a win/loss ratio of 7/6 against top 20 ranked opponents this year which is very good!

I like her game a lot, she is strong off the baseline. She bounces around the court with intent. The intensity level she showed in her win against Serena against Roland Garros and the composure to go with it was outstanding. This was big for her but to be honest this was the kick Serena needed to get this knee sorted and be competing again.

Amanda Anisimova

Only 17 years old but top 25 ranked. The teenager has had a very good year. It’s been steady but heavily helped by her run to the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Another American who is fearless and composed. I’m a big fan of Simona Halep but I couldn’t help but applaud what she did against the Romanian against Roland Garros. The performance and the hitting from Amanda was brutal, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.

She is only 17 so there are things to improve, the serve will gather pace and power in time but her groundstrokes are scary. She bullied Halep that day and a bit like Kenin and Serena this defeat for Halep changed her mind set. She knew she had to up her aggressive again and went and won Wimbledon.

Amanda is set for a big future and earlier on in this year won her first title in Colombia. Keep an eye out for her in New York.

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Taylor Fritz

It seems to be finally coming together for Taylor.

I say finally but it’s easy to forget he is still only 21 but has achieved a lot and had to fight a lot. Of late, he has found form.

Title winner in Eastbourne followed by runner-up in Atlanta and Los Cabos. He has also picked up some big wins v Fognini and Isner this year and had his best run to the third round at the Australian Open.

I was there for his match against Federer and despite a close set it wasn’t overly competitive. His game seems solid right now, I still think it needs a slight injection of pace and his movement can improve but he is having a good run and is one of the form players right now.

Coco Gauff

Do I need to say much?

Just put the name here and we know who were on about.

15 year old who made the fourth round at Wimbledon after coming through qualifying. She saw off Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova, Polona Hercog (from match points down) and fell to Simona Halep.

Because of the wildcard rule for players under 16 she couldn’t get a main draw one for Washington so had to come through qualifying which she did there but lost in round one to Zarina Diyas.

Coco however played doubles with Caty McNally and the two won the US Open Girls doubles together last year and surprised us all winning their first title in Washington.

Coco’s game is flawless, it does remind me of Venus’. Her big ground strokes and the composure on the biggest stage at such a young age is astonishing.

A player of the age of 15 (WTA ruling) cannot gain more than three wildcards in one year. Coco has had wildcards in Miami, French Open and Wimbledon. However the USTA may have found a way as Grand Slams are not under WTA or ATP ruling but ITF so they can hand her a main draw wildcard which is expected.

Being ranked at 139 in the world her ranking would currently get her an entry into the qualifying.

Caty McNally

A name not many know but the 17 year old is at a career high of 121 in the world.

I fully expect Caty to get a main draw wildcard for the US Open. I’d be surprised if not.

Caty of course teamed up with Coco Gauff in Washington to win the doubles title there not long ago.

The American was also at Wimbledon and also came through qualifying. I watched her play against Heather Watson in round one but lost 7-6 6-2 to the Brit in what was quite a messy match especially the first set.

She also had a run to the semi-finals in Washington following a big win over the tricky top 30 opponent Hsieh Su-wei before going down to Camila Giorgi in the semi-finals.

 

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