The quarter-finals dawned with not a Williams in sight. No Serena, No Venus.
Yes, they had both returned from injury. They had adequate warm-ups before the championships but not the desired results for bookies to up the ante.
Yet it all seemed business as usual, past the first week.
The odd-makers re-installed Serena as queen over the weekend.
It was not to be. Serena could not stop a rampaging, charged-up Marion Bartoli.
All good things must finally come to an end and so must this year’s US Open.
But before the tennis concludes , there’s just enough time for the artistes to hit the high notes and close the Flushing Meadows symphony on a crescendo.
The final three days will bring fans more mouth-watering, lip-smacking , engrossing wizardry, not to mention coquetry.
A quick dekko at the women’s singles semi-finalists.