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Boys and girls of summer commence U.S. Open Series

After struggling overseas, the U.S. Open Series is the time of year for Americans to get excited and for some, salvage a poor 2007 season.

Updated: July 23, 2007, 12:34 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

With three Grand Slams completed, players over these next six weeks are exceptionally compulsive about getting themselves in the proper fighting mood for the U.S. Open. "The way I see it," Serena Williams says, "is that New York is your last big chance. Call it the showdown."

But as a look at the leading men and women reveals, pacing and scheduling during this summer's U.S. Open Series varies greatly. American men, for example, have grown up on hard courts and seek as much ...

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