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What awaits American tennis?

Originally Published: February 8, 2012
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

The 2012 Australian Open acted as another shock to the American tennis system, as those flying the red, white and blue Down Under failed to make an impact.

There were 21 Americans competing in main draw singles competition at the first Grand Slam of the year -- 11 men and 10 women. So how many Yanks traveled beyond the fourth round and into the second week? How about none.

The last woman standing was Serena Williams, who was blindsided in the fourth round by unheralded Russian Ekaterina ...

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