I hesitated on doing this short post because Louisa Chirico could lose her upcoming semifinal match at the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open. But then I thought, even if that were to happen the 19-year old American out of Harrison, New York deserves a spot among the rising United States women’s tennis stars. Louisa had a nice win over Lucie Safarova in Charleston and a qualifier win over Camila Giorgi in Stuttgart. Some of her losses this year have been tough three setters. She likes red clay and says Roland Garros is her favorite tournament. Maybe she feels right at home on this surface. Part of playing well on clay is mental. I admit one could argue that Victoria Azarenka pulling out from Madrid prior to her match with Chirico is why Louisa is in the semis. Fair enough. However, Chirico, after coming through qualies, has defeated Ana Ivanovic, rising star Daria Gavrilova and Monica Niculescu on her way to the semis. If she beats former Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in the semis, I can’t take anything away from her. I hope Louisa takes the whole tournament, even though I’m a big Simona Halep fan. Simona faces Samantha Stosur in the other semifinal. No matter what happens fans of American tennis should have another young gun to follow, someone who could be a future champion.