Serena Williams now owns a larger number of triumphs in Grand Slam matches than any other individual in tennis’, surpassing Roger Federer with her 308th.
When asked “So, Serena, who’ll wind up with more?”
“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Williams said during her on-court interview after reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals by beating Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 on Monday.
“Hopefully we’ll both keep going,” she added. “I know I plan on it. I know he does. So we’ll see.”
Serena Williams first win at a Grand Slam competition returned way when she was 16, a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Irina Spirlea in the first round of the Australian Open on Jan. 19, 1998. Williams’ first loss at a noteworthy came in her next match, which happened to come against more established sister Venus.
About two decades later, through a lot of highs and lows, from titles to health scares, the more youthful Williams is still at it and continue winning.
“It’s a huge number,” she said about getting to 308. “I think it’s very significant, actually. I think it’s something that just really talks about the length of my career, in particular. I’ve been playing for a really long time. But also, given that consistency up there that’s something that I’m really proud of.”
“I definitely never thought I would be playing still,” Williams said. “Now I don’t really see when I’m going to stop, because I’m just enjoying these moments out here, getting to break records that I didn’t even know existed or I didn’t even know was possible.”
Roger Federer is 307-51 (.858) and can’t build his aggregate until next season, since he is sitting out the U.S. Open and whatever is left of 2016 due to issues with his surgically repaired right knee. To be sure, he as of late tweeted pictures of himself trekking in the Swiss Countryside .
Against the 52-positioned Shvedova, Williams hit a competition driving 126 mph serve, totalled 11 aces, won 28 of 30 points when a first serve arrived in, and didn’t confront a break point. In this way, through four matches, Williams has not been broken by any means, confronting just a solitary break point.
“She’s hitting much harder than a regular player. And the placement and the bounce is much different,” Shvedova said. “It’s harder to reach.”
Williams has reached at least the quarterfinals in each of her past nine appearances at the U.S. Open.