No Serena, no Sharapova (virtually), three really entertaining slams
Do we miss the goddesses of marketing? Sure. But the big off-court money players of the last few years didn't show up second week of slams. Ivanovic has retired to her real job, Wozniacki, Radwanska didn't make a dent, Sharapova .... we've been over that.
And Gran'Mama doesn't make as much off-court money as she used to.
But we just had three really good, entertaining slams. And of course, OZ was good too, but All-Williams slam finals are a proven draw.
I'm much more interested in Ostapenko and Stephens and Keys and Plisko and Muguruza and Vandeweghe and Svitolina and Kasatkina and Sevastova.
I think the kids are starting to prove they can carry the weight.
And yes, Venus more than held up her part of the bargain, but that's only what you'd expect, gratefully. This has been a really entertaining slam year starring a bunch of names you weren't expecting.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.