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Sep
06
2017

For the First Time in 36 Years, Four American Women Are in the U.S. Open Tennis Semifinals

 

Greetings, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports fans.

Just a quick post here… we’re going to step out of the ACC tonight and talk about the U.S. Open Women’s Tennis Championship, one of the major grand slam tournaments.

History has been made here.

For the first time in 36 years, four Americans are in the U.S. Open Tennis semifinals. (h/t @TeamUSA):

The American women made a clean sweep of the US Open quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows in New York, making it the first time in 36 years that the Grand Slam event will see an all-American semifinals.

Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, who all represented Team USA at Olympic Games Rio 2016, are the last four women standing and will face off on Thursday for a spot in the final. The last time the Americans had four women in the US Open semifinal was 1981, when Tracy Austin (champion), Martina Navratilova (runner-up), Chris Evert and Barbara Potter competed. The last time four U.S. women appeared in the same Grand Slam semifinals was four years later (Navratilova, Evert, Kathy Rinaldi and Zina Garrison at Wimbledon in 1985).

What’s even more cool here is that three of the four women are African Americans – we are seeing culture barriers absolutely smashed. (h/t @blavity).

That’s some #BlackGirlMagic there, as the saying goes on Twitter.

Congrats to these women on their excellent accomplishments – no doubt there will be a lot of pride in our country this weekend!

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