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

For the first time in more than a decade, all four of the 2017 US Open Women’s Singles Championship semifinalists — Venus WilliamsSloan StephensMadison Keys 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.

Earning equal prize as the men, the women’s singles runner up will pocket $1.82 million as all four have already earned $920,000 as semifinalists.

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One thought on “Diversity & Inclusion in Sports: American women of African ancestry make history at US Open and beyond

  1. Fantastic article and very informative r as usual. I do nit know how and why this gentleman has not been hired by one of the major news outlets in the country. I continue to pray that he gets some kind of recognition for his great work. Thank you Louis for enlightening me and all of the reading fans out there


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