Key storylines to follow as the 2013 U.S. Open approaches

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Attendance at women's matches continues to fall, even when Victoria Azarenka faces Serena Williams.

Attendance at women's matches continues to fall, even when Victoria Azarenka faces Serena Williams.

Perhaps the tournament is in for a run of good fortune. There was a time when rainfall was a fleeting trifle at the Open, when the tournament's second week was routinely graced by the onset of fall: slightly dropping temperatures and a refreshing breeze, and there wasn't a place in the world you'd rather be than New York City. May the future follow suit.