Love-15: Top U.S. moments from the 2017 Series

October 10, 2017 10:48 AM
By Ashley Marshall
The US Open Series proved a boon for the top American talent once again in 2017, with titles for John Isner and Madison Keys, a return to form by Sloane Stephens and a number of stirring runs by up-and-coming U.S. stars.
Here’s a look back at 15 of the best American moments from the 2017 US Open Series:
  • John Isner captured his fourth BB&T Atlanta Open title in five years, and his sixth US Open Series trophy, defeating fellow American Ryan Harrison in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open.
  • Madison Keys defeated Fed Cup teammate and friend Coco Vandeweghe in the final of the Bank of the West Classic to win her third career title and first US Open Series trophy.
  • The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, collected their 114th doubles title in Atlanta, defeating Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak in straight sets in the final.
  • Vandeweghe and Abigail Spears captured the doubles title in Stanford, dropping just one set en route to the trophy. It was Vandeweghe’s third women’s doubles title with her third different partner and Spears’ 20th title with her seventh partner.
  • Sloane Stephens reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, losing to eventual runner-up Caroline Wozniacki. In doing so, she won her first match in more than a year and jumped from No. 934 to No. 151 in the rankings. 
  • Stephens also advanced to the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open as a wild card, defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second round. 
  • CiCi Bellis reached her second semifinal of the year at her hometown Bank of the West Classic in California, beating No. 2 seed Kvitova in the quarterfinals.
  • In Cincinnati, Isner beat three fellow Americans in succession to reach the semifinals, where he fell to eventual champion Grigor Dmitrov.
  • Rajeev Ram and partner Raven Klaasen of South Africa reached the doubles semifinals in Toronto. It was Ram’s seventh doubles semifinal of the year and his second at an ATP Masters 1000 event.
  • Ryan Harrison and partner Michael Venus of New Zealand reached the semifinals of the men’s doubles at the Western & Southern Open, where they lost to eventual winners Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
  • Brian Baker and Croatian teammate Nikola Mektic reached the semifinals of the men’s doubles in Winston-Salem, falling to Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer, who went on to win not only this title but also the US Open two weeks later.
  • Steve Johnson and Taylor Fritz each reached the quarterfinals of the Winston-Salem Open. Fritz pushed top seed and eventual champion Roberto Bautista Agut to the limit in their match, dropping two tiebreak sets.
  • Tommy Paul came through qualifying to reach his first tour quarterfinal at the BB&T Atlanta Open. The win set up a fine summer which also saw him reach the semis in Washington, D.C. and the round of 32 in Cincinnati.
  • Georgia Tech standout Chris Eubanks reached his first career ATP World Tour quarterfinal at the BB&T Atlanta Open, held in his hometown. He is the second American in as many years to reach the last eight as a wild card, after Reilly Opelka did so in 2016.
  • Sam Querrey and Jared Donaldson each reached the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.