3 Black Women Make History Advancing To U.S. Open Quarterfinals

September 5, 2017  |  

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Black women are making history in the U.S. Open. Three of them, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, and Madison Keys have advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Williams, 37, Stephens, 24, and Keys, 22, are all playing toward the title and the trophy in a stadium named for another famous African American tennis player, Arthur Ashe.

Williams defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and Julia Gorges of Germany to advance, while Keys tackled Elina Svitolina from the Ukraine on Monday night.

Keys, who is ranked 15th in the world and the youngest of the three women, spoke about the prospect of going up against her fellow Americans  other (including Coco Vandeweghe).

“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.”

We’re rooting for all three ladies (especially Venus)!

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