Since she first won the U.S. Open in 1999, Serena Williams has won the tournament six times. She’s not playing in it this year — she gave birth to a daughter on Sept. 1 — but her fellow American women are doing well in her absence.

Four of the eight quarterfinalists are from the U.S., and none of them play each other, so an American semifinalist is likely. The last time at least four American women made the quarterfinals was 2002, when five made it. One of them was Venus Williams; the others were her sister Serena Williams, Jennifer Capr…
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