This year’s US Open is quite different than years’ past thanks to COVID-19, but athletes (with the exception of some players) have still taken over the NYC courts match by match. And now, three women are making history: it’s the first time three moms are advancing to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
Serena Williams, Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, and Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka all won fourth-round matches on 7 Sept., qualifying them for the quarterfinals — marking this in the recordbooks. Williams and Pironkova will actually face off against each other on Wednesday, 9 Sept., and Azarenka is set to play Elise Mertens from Belgium that day as well.
According to the US Open, only three women have ever won a Grand Slam in the Open era after becoming mothers: Belgium’s Kim Clijsters and Australia’s Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court. Keep reading for more on Williams, Pironkova, and Azarenka as they prepare for their quarterfinal matches.