The year's final Grand Slam saw a trio of breakout performances highlight an exciting women's draw, but only one can be named the WTA Breakthrough Performance of the Month for August. Vote for your favorite here at wtatennis.com!
August 2017 WTA Breakthrough of the Month Finalists
Sofia Kenin: It was a breakout Grand Slam for 18-year-old Sofia Kenin in New York as a wildcard, as the American defeated compatriots No.32 seed Lauren Davis and Sachia Vickery to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the very first time.
Under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Kenin gave a good accounting of herself against childhood idol Maria Sharpova, falling in a tight two-setter, 7-5, 6-2.
Daria Kasatkina: Kasatkina had her best performance at a Grand Slam to date at the US Open, where she reached the fourth round before falling to Kaia Kanepi. En route, Kasatkina upset French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets in the third round.
With her showing in New York, the 20-year-old recorded wins in back-to-back matches for the first time since the French Open.
Shelby Rogers: Rogers played her part in a bit of US Open history in Flushing Meadows, as she defeated Daria Gavrilova in the longest recorded US Open women's match since the advent of the tiebreak in the second round.
After three hours, 33 minutes, Rogers defeated Gavrilova, the New Haven champion, by a final score of 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(5), before giving Elina Svitolina a tough test in a third round defeat.