After Serena

NEW YORK — The crowds at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center thinned only slightly in the days

Anyone interested in buying a T-shirt sized small, medium or large at the biggest gift shop on

Open kept on trucking as it rode the contrails of a Williams-inducted ticket rush

It set a single-day attendance record Saturday with 72,065 fans pouring through the center’s turnstiles, which beat

The energy started to seep, and throughout Friday players were asked for their thoughts on the potential

Serena Williams’s exit was just like her career — a fight to the end

Women’s tennis has cycled through eras nearly without pause for the past few decades

Open in 1989, Steffi Graf was already eight Grand Slam wins into her 22-trophy haul

Graf won the final major of her career in 1999, but it was a resurgent effort after going

Yet Williams has no heir apparent, no player or two who have proved they can dominate on

If Williams is actually finished with tennis, the active player with the most Grand Slam titles is

On court, she hasn’t made it past the third round in a major since she collected

The Polish 21-year-old won 37 straight matches earlier this year, a streak that included six consecutive WTA titles

“That’s why you look at someone like Serena, dominant over several eras

The 18-year-old defeated two-time major doubles champion Shuai Zhang of China, 7-5, 7-5, to reach her first

It was a thrilling follow-up to Gauff’s French Open finals appearance in June, when she lost

The 12th-seeded Gauff was brilliant in the match’s tightest moments

“The first couple times on Ashe, I was very nervous,” Gauff said of playing on tennis’s

At that point, I figured maybe it would keep happening, especially when Serena was playing

Gauff still could be far from imitating Williams and capturing her first Grand Slam trophy in Flushing

Swiatek and Pegula, the top-ranked American, are still alive in the draw, as are former major champions

The 23-time Grand Slam winner set the bar astronomically high for stars in women’s tennis — both

On Wednesday, ESPN’s broadcast of her second-round win peaked at 5 million viewers

4 million viewers who tuned in to watch Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez in the final (the men’

Open champion remembers wondering what the sport would do when Bjorn Borg retired in 1983

And John [McEnroe] was there, and Jimmy [Connors] was there, and [Ivan] Lendl was there, and [Boris]