There were 16 women from the United States entered into the main draw of the 2012 U.S. Open. Five of them survived the opening round to fight another day.
Among them, Serena Williams and her sister Venus have been playing professional tennis successfully for over a decade. But in the beginning, even they had to fight their way to the top of the women's game.
As the Williams sisters continue to age, the United States will be seeking to fill the huge void left when the sisters are no longer competing.
As we look at the women who participated at this year's U.S. Open, some stand out as rising stars while others seem to have reached their potential in professional tennis.
On an encouraging note, there are also numerous youngsters who are just making their way into the professional ranks, easing their way onto the WTA tour.
How will these players fare going forward, and which ones will become the face of U.S. tennis in the next few years?