At US Open, US Dwindles
Down to three at own championship as Spain surges
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2010 9:03 AM CDT
Sam Querrey of the United States celebrates as he defeats Nicolas Almagro of Spain at the US Open in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Querrey won the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.   (Paul J. Bereswill)
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(Newser) – With the Spanish conquering the US Open with five winners advancing yesterday, the waning American contingent is down to three at its own championship, reports the AP. And with two-time champ Venus Williams playing at the ripe old age of 30, and men's longshots Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey seeded 19th and 20th, respectively, things aren't looking terribly bright for the US.

"The average sports fan basically watches the Grand Slams," Querrey says. "If you don't have a guy in the finals or winning one of those, in tennis, you really don't get a lot of recognition."