The five notable women of color in the Australian Open are still advancing.
Serena Williams steam-rolled Canadian Eugenie Bouchard today in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the 107th Australian Open, where she hopes to acquire her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Her next victim will be Dayana Yastremska.
Serena Williams consoled Tatjana Maria after cruising to a win. She’s now 18-0 in the 1st round of the Australian Open, the most such wins overall and the most without a loss. https://t.co/PS0zVHFwIv
On Wednesday night, Madison Keys stormed past Anastasia Potapova 6-3, 6-4 to advance to a tough third round match tomorrow against 12th-seeded Elise Mertens.
Venus Williams continues to wrestle with Mother Nature. She battled to a three-set victory over Alizé Cornet today and will face her stiffest comp of the tourney on Friday. Williams enters her third-round match as an underdog against No. 1-seed Simona Halep.
Thank you @Venuseswilliams and @serenawilliams ? @jon_wertheim and @Martina take a look at “The Williams Effect” https://t.co/6ASAD7GJgA
Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father, blew into the third round with a straight set win over Tamara Zidanšek on Wednesday. The 2018 U.S. Open champ faces Hsieh Su-wei on Friday.
Things we learned from @Naomi_Osaka_ on Day 4: 1️⃣ Really happy to win 2️⃣ Hopes you enjoyed the match 3️⃣ Needs to stop saying ‘um’ #AusOpen https://t.co/obxBMeXJqv
2017 U.S. Open champ Sloane Stephens squares off against 31-seed PetraMartić tonight in a third-round matchup that should be quick work for Sloane.
The real action doesn’t get started until the quarterfinals begin on Jan. 22. Most of these women should still be competing for the ultimate prize.