#BlackGirlMagic: US Open Women’s Singles Semifinals Will Feature 2 American Black Women

Sloane Stephens (Elsa/Getty Images); Venus Williams (Elsa/Getty Images)
Sloane Stephens (Elsa/Getty Images); Venus Williams (Elsa/Getty Images)

The U.S. Open Women’s Singles Semifinals will be a display of American #BlackGirlMagic (word to CaShawn Thompson) when Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens face off in what is likely to be a match for the ages, and we are all very excited because yes, black girls who play tennis come through!

Is Compton, Calif., in the house? Yes, it is. Williams, 37, reached the finals in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year. She is looking to win her 50th WTA singles championship. With her sister at home resting with a new baby, Venus is looking to keep the Williams name at the top of the tennis charts with a win Thursday over a competitor 13 years her junior, Sloane Stephens.


Stephens, 24, made history herself Tuesday by becoming the first American woman besides the Williams sisters to advance to the semifinals in the U.S. Open. The victory is extra special for Stephens, who was off the tour for nearly a year after having foot surgery.

No matter who wins Thursday, it will be a win for black girls everywhere.

We will definitely be watching.

The U.S. Open Semifinal match between Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens will be played Thursday. The time is to be announced.

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I’m pulling for Venus because this is quite an accomplishment at 37 and after dealing with serious health issues earlier in her career. Plus she favors my grandmother.

But I won’t be mad at all is Sloane wins. Coming back after a year off and playing like this is phenomenal. Best of luck to both women.