CourtCast: Slam quest continues for Serena

All eyes turn to Serena Williams, who is five wins away from completing the season Slam. The world No. 1 takes on Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round of the US Open (live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN).

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Sports and racial identity

Mike Wise writes that Serena Williams has embraced her blackness and found a spiritual home while Tiger Woods has been proudly biracial and found a perhaps unintended kind of isolation.

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USTA eyes Agassi, Sampras, Courier as mentors

The United States Tennis Association has a new plan to help end a record 12-year-long drought of an American man winning a Grand Slam title: bringing back those who did it.

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Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation

Should be very interesting matchup tonight with Rafa vs Fogs in this humidity RN will need stacks of shirts and will win in 4 sets

Watch: Serena continues quest for Slam

Serena Williams takes on fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who's in the third round of the US Open for the third time. Serena won both previous meetings between the two, but they were in 2006 and '08. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Kamakshi Tandon @Kamakshi_Tandon

Great match and great win for Bouchard against Cibulkova. Next up is Vinci, who beat her 0 and 1 at New Haven, with Connors likely in box.

Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation

Wow another RET boy band Goffin was up 2sets to 1 and down a break to 3 namer Agut have no idea what happened there

Kamakshi Tandon @Kamakshi_Tandon

If you switched from ESPN to ESPN2 when they told you to, switch back. Great story on Ashe's brother, who went to Vietnam for him.

Novak Djokovic advances to round of 16

The top seed beat Italy's Andreas Seppi in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of the US Open, where he'll face the winner of Roberto Bautista Agut vs. David Goffin. Coverage continues on ESPN2, WatchESPN