Black Girl Magic Advances At 2019 Australian Open

The five notable women of color in the Australian Open are still advancing.

The competition is just heating up on the fourth day of the Australian Open and five women of color remain strong contenders to win the entire tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.