Women's tennis elite older and wiser

Updated: September 6, 2013, 2:35 PM ET
By Jane McManus | espnW.com

NEW YORK -- In 1999, if you had come to the US Open for the women's semifinals, you would've been watching teenagers. That's when Serena Williams won her first US Open title at age 17. Fourteen years and many miles later, Williams is there again at age 31, on the leading edge of a semifinal field that has three women over 30.

It's the first time five women over 30 reached the quarterfinal in the Open era, including eventual semifinalists Li Na and Flavia Pennetta, both ...

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