2019 Australian Open: Williams, Osaka Are One Win Away From The Grand Slam Rematch We Need

And then there were two.

And then there were two. Keys, Stephens and Venus are out, but Serena Wiliams and Naomi Osaka are one win away from a rematch. 

17th-seed Madison Keys fell to No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina in three-sets on Sunday.  

2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens was a favorite to at least advance to the 2019 Australian Open semifinals, but she was stunned by Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.

Venus took an L to the world’s No. 1 player on Saturday.

That leaves Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka to keep the Black Girl Magic alive in this Australian Open.

Williams continues her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam championship as she rolls into the quarterfinals to face world No. 7 Karolina Pliskova at Rod Laver Arena tonight at 9 pm.  

Serena had her stiffest test of the tournament on MLK Day, defeating world No. 1 Simona Halep in a thrilling three-set match. It was the first set Serena has dropped in this tourney.

Serena swarmed Halep like a bear hunting fish in the first set, winning 6-1. Halep showed her bounce back skills and dropped Serena in the second set (4-6). It was a brief setback as Serena rebounded to win the third set, 6-4. The victory avenged the straight set loss sister Venus suffered to Halep.

Serena’s quarterfinals match will follow Osaka‘s throwdown with Elina Svitolina at 7 pm. Osaka’s three-set win over Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday was no cakewalk. The 2018 US Open winner dropped the first set for the second time this tournament but recovered to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

If both women advance, they will face each other for the second time. While the quarterfinals clash will eliminate the chance for an All-Black girls finals, it will surely give tennis a ratings boost. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will be attempting to avenge her 2018 U.S. Open Finals loss to the 21-year-old Haitian/Japanese rising superstar.

Just two women of color remain after Day 10 of the Australian Open, but it’s the matchup tennis wants to see. A rematch between the 37-year-old GOAT from Compton, Cali. and the new breed international phenom, shining the tennis spotlight on Japan and in the Haitian community.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.