(KSDK) – Overshadowed by the loss of the Williams' sisters Wednesday, American teen Taylor Townsend created her own path to the third round of the French Open.
Friday, Townsend lost to No. 14 Carla Suarez-Navarro in straight sets, but her it's not her loss that has American tennis fans talking. It's the continued building of American tennis.
As Venus and Serena Williams are not the youngest in the field and remain top players in the sport, many wondered what would happen if one or both decided to retire from the game.
The most recent seasons have shown that American tennis could be in safe hands.
Taylor Townsed's win excited the American fan base. The 18-year-old, who has been on the pro tour since 2012, beat Alize Cornet, who is a Top 20 player, and could be showing the makings of a star.
All of the hype and excitement surrounding a young American player has not always panned out for the best. For example American teen Melanie Oudin shined in the 2009 U.S. Open by reaching her first – and only – singles quarterfinal.
Many thought that she would blossom and have a successful career as a top player, but as of her current status, she remains ranked at 161.
That's not to say that the American tennis base isn't strong as we've seen Sloane Stephens, Christina McHale, Jamie Hampton and others develop their game.
Granted, American men still have a ways to go, but Taylor Townsend's French Open performance shows she's one to watch in the near future.