For the first time in U.S. Open history, three black women have advanced to the quarterfinal round; and, in this case, they all happen to be American. As of Monday, Venus Williams, 37, Sloane Stephens, 24, and Madison Keys, 22, are all vying for the Tiffany-engraved trophy.
Oh, and it’s all going down at a stadium named for an African-American tennis player, Arthur Ashe.
Williams and Stephens earned quarterfinal spots Sunday night, by defeating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and Julia Gorges of Germany respectively, while Keys snagged her place by defeating Elina Svitolina from the Ukraine Monday night.
Venus Williams; Sloane Stephens; Madison Keys (@rantoddj via Twitter screenshot)
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 5, 2017
Keys, ranked No. 15 in the world, is the youngest of the bunch, and was visibly excited after her win, and spoke about the prospect of the Americans squaring off against one another.
Coincidentally, Serena Williams, who usually dominates at the Open (she’s won eight titles), is home after just delivering a healthy baby girl.
We’re sure she and baby are home rooting for her older sister Venus.