If you were going by this week, American tennis would look to have a great future; the ladies were in Dubai and the men were at the Delray Beach Open in Florida. In Dubai, it was the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens waving the American flag and there's a plethora of young Americans in Delray Beach, John Isner and Sam Querrey to name a few.
In the Middle East it was Venus Williams who came good to continue her undefeated record in Dubai and collect her third title on those courts. She played fierce tennis throughout the week; charging the net, booming serves, consistent groundstrokes, and cat like quickness. The key to her amazing run were two things in particular, she keep her unforced errors down and she did her best to win her matches in straight sets. Venus not only won the title without dropping a set, but she beat some big name players like Flavia Pennetta, Caroline Wozniacki, and Ana Ivanovic; it was a great week for the former world number one. By claiming the title in Dubai, Venus moves back into the top 30 and has very minimal points to defend up to the US Open; it's very possibly that she could be in the top 15 by Wimbledon. Here's a little known fun fact, Venus has lol ayes the Dubai Tennis Championships there times and hasn't dropped a set on her way to three titles.
Serena Williams, the world number one almost played Dubai with her older sister and although her result didn't end with the title she too played well by making the semifinals in her first tournament since the Australian Open. Serena also played doubles with Venus and the lost in the first round. Sloane Stephens lost in the first round as she continued her sporadic play.
The American men were all packed into the Florida based tournament in Delray Beach; Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Michael Russell, and Rhyne Williams. Querrey had a tough first round as he took on the big serving veteran Feliciano Lopez from Spain, and although he showed some promise by winning the opening set, it was Lopez that finally came good in the end.
It was a battle of Americans in the first round of the Delray Beach Open when Isner took on Russell and it proved to be a dicey affair for the section seeded Isner. Russell came into Delray Beach with confidence after a good tournament in Memphis and Isner hadn't played a match since his injury at the Australian Open, so it was no surprise when Russell took the opening set from a struggling Isner. Eventually Isner found his feet and gained some traction to win the second set and finally the match to move progress in the tournament and eventually meet young American Rhyne Williams in the quarterfinals. Williams came into his quarterfinal match with Isner fresh off the heels of his big win over former top ten player Marcos Baghdatis, so he was playing decent enough tennis to give Isner a little tussle and that's exactly what happened. Williams came out firing and won the first set looking confident and playing bold. It took Isner some time again, but he finally found his game and ran out the second and third sets to move into the semifinals where he would face the big serving Croat Marin Cilic.
In the semis, Isner faced Cilic who was playing some brutal tennis, already reaching two finals this year and looking to reach another. Isner came out very flat and really didn't stand a chance in a match that had been delayed a few hours due to heavy rainfall. It was a quick straight sets loss for Isner, but all in all it was a good tournament for the big serving American.
Qualifier Steve Johnson, fresh out of college, had an amazing tournament; he not only qualified but he took out the top seed Tommy Haas in the second round; he played bold tennis and managed his nerves as he rode his serve and forehand to victory. He continued to play well and he made his way into his first career semifinal, and although he lost his semifinal against Kevin Anderson, he played some inspiring tennis and I think this guy has a bright future.
And how can we forget about the legendary and amazing Bryan twins? Never do they show up to a tournament an aren't the pre-tournament favorite. Although the draw was pretty meek, it still says a lot that these special players continue their dominance of the doubles tour. The Delray Beach Open is the Bryan's 94th title, truly amazing.
In a nut shell, with Venus Williams winning Dubai and Serena making the semis, it was a good week for the American ladies. For the American men, the Bryan brothers continued their legendary career by winning yet another doubles title; Isner and Johnson both made semifinal appearances, and Rhyne Williams made it to the quarterfinals. To say it was a good week for American tennis would be an understatement.