Roddick must overcoming recent shortcomings and injuries

While Andy Roddick and James Blake must ratchet up their games to pass the U.S. crucible, the Williams sisters have an opportunity to shine.

Updated: August 28, 2008, 11:26 AM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

With the U.S. Open beginning Monday, the American contingent hopes to give the hometown fans a reason to celebrate. For many, especially recently, it's been a topsy-turvy year.

Andy Roddick has been hampered by various maladies, somewhat negating a decision to skip the Olympics and prepare for the final Slam of the season. The Williams sisters, too, have played uninspired tennis since a memorable Wimbledon final.

Here's how the top U.S. players are shaping up:


Andy ...

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