NEW YORK – For a player who has spent more time watching Roger Federer on TV than trying to beat him, it's safe to say Rhyne Williams will not win the U.S. Open this year.
But to say Williams' trip to Flushing Meadows has been less than a rousing success — well, that's not quite true, either.
While Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and all those other big names get their chance to make history next week, it's players such as Rhyne Williams and 17-year-old Samantha Crawford who truly put the "Open" in the U.S. Open this week.
They're among those who won their third qualifying matches Friday to make it into the main draw. They'll be around Monday when play starts for real in the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.