For the First Time Ever, Three Black Women Have Advanced to the U.S. Open’s Quarterfinals


By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: @rantoddj via Twitter screenshot

For the first time ever in the history of the sport of professional tennis, three black women are simultaneously dominating the U.S. Open tournament like never before.

The Root reported yesterday (September 5th) that Venus Williams (pictured left), Sloane Stephens (pictured center), and Madison Keys (pictured right), have all advanced to the women’s quarterfinal round of the 2017 U.S. Open professional tennis tournament.

All three women earned their quarterfinals positions going forward on Sunday evening (September 3rd). This is the very first time in the history of the U.S. Open that three black women have won their ways to a semifinal round at the same time.

Williams, 37, scraped up a win against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain despite making a number of mistakes in her bout with the globally-ranked number 35 Spaniard. Williams has a global ranking of number nine.

Stephens, 24, defeated Julia Görges of Germany in an epic upset. The 83rd globally-ranked Stephens was involved in a contentious on-court battle with Görges, the 30th-ranked best female tennis player in the world.

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, the fourth best female tennis player in the world was beaten by Keys, 22, the number 15 seed in the U.S. Open. Keys mounted an epic comeback to steal the match 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-4.

All three of the women spoke to the media after their historic victories at this year’s U.S. Open. “I am focused on myself and being as aggressive as possible. Nobody gives you a [Grand] Slam, you got to take it and I am trying to take it,” Williams said, according to BBC Sports.

“When I first came back at Wimbledon I was super nervous it wasn’t going to come my way. I obviously couldn’t ask for a better comeback. I couldn’t be happier,” Stephens said, according to USA Today Sports.

“It’s just really exciting. I’m really happy that none of us are playing each other in the quarterfinals. If there’s some all-American matchups in the rest of the tournament, I think that says really good things about women’s tennis,” Keys emphatically  said, according to Los Angeles Times Sports.

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