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Serena Williams, Pushed by a Teenager, Keeps on Rolling

Uli Seit for The New York Times

It has been quite a Grand Slam season for young Americans on the women’s tennis tour, and with autumn on the horizon, they are still making a deep impression.

After the 15-year-old Coco Gauff defeated Venus Williams in her first match at Wimbledon last month, Gauff’s doubles partner, the 17-year-old Caty McNally, had a puncher’s chance at an even bigger upset in her first United States Open. She won the first set against Serena Williams in their second-round match before Williams rallied to prevail, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

“I think the young American girls are inspiring each other,” said Kathy Rinaldi, the United States Fed Cup captain who has known McNally’s mother, Lynn, since they played junior tennis against each other.