New York, Sept 8: The US Open has been nothing but an inspiration for all the working mothers out there. For the first time in Grand Slam history, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Tsvetana Pironkova on Tuesday became the first trio of mothers to enter into the quarterfinals in the same Grand Slam.
There were nine mothers in the draw when the tournament got underway on August 31.
Serena Williams after booking a berth in the tournament said, "I'm so happy that there are so many moms in the event, obviously, because I'm one. I just have a totally new respect for moms." Meanwhile, Azarenka said, "I’m so proud of the ladies. It’s incredible. I’m just really happy to see that. I hope we all keep going as far as possible. It’s inspiring," she told a private media.
"I hope it’s inspiring for other women that they continue to go for their dreams and don’t only identify as mothers, but continue to do what they want to do. That’s not the only thing that we are. We are also women who have dreams and goals and passions," she added.
Williams won against Maria Sakkari on Monday progressing into the quarter-finals of the US Open after registering a 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 victory over No.15 seed to advance in the competition. The match which lasted for two hours and half-hour was Williams' 100th win on Arthur Ashe and a 53rd Grand Slam quarter.
Pironkova, playing in her first WTA event in over three years, had defeated Alize Cornet to progress in the tournament. She will face Williams in the quarter-finals while Azarenka completed the history-making trio with a fourth-round win over Karolina Muchova.
Only three moms have ever won a Slam in the Open era: Kim Clijsters, Evonne Goolagong, and Margaret Court. Williams, 38; Azarenka, 31; and Pironkova, 32 each hope to be the fourth.