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Waning hope to replace Williams sisters

Originally Published: July 28, 2011
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

STANFORD, Calif. -- With the U.S. Open Series under way, it's the time of year when talk of America's Next Top Player gets a little louder. Especially when, as now, the position seems vacant.

Discussing the lack of prodigies lining up to take over from Serena and Venus Williams has become almost an annual rite of summer, but the "next" post isn't an easy one to fill. Just ask Melanie Oudin, who has openly flailed under the pressure of being anointed the great hope after reaching the fourth ...

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