Friday, September 8, 2017

Diversity & Inclusion in Sports: American women of African ancestry make history at US Open and beyond - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Louis Bolling, Contributor
Originally published: September 7, 2017

For the first time in more than a decade, all four of the 2017 US Open Women’s Singles Championship semifinalists — Venus Williams, Sloan Stephens, Madison Keyes and Colleen “CoCo“ Vandeweghe — are American. Three of the four remaining women in professional tennis’ most lucrative tournament are Americans of African descent.

History has been made.

“I think we have to give some credit to Serena,” Venus said after her thrilling three-set victory over Petra Kvitova. “There was a time in tennis when all my rivals were American. So I love seeing these young American’s coming up and playing big and focused and I would love that again. The top four, top five in the world all playing each other in semi-finals - that would be huge. I would love that,” said Venus, who takes on Stephens for a chance to earn $3.7 million as the tournament champion.