Serena Williams has been making history for years now, and today, she set one of her most prestigious records of all.
After her 6-2, 6-1 victory in the third round of the U.S. Open against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson on Saturday, Williams became the winningest woman in Grand Slam history. The match was her 307th win, making her pass Martina Navratilova. She is also tied with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam wins by any tennis player, period.
“It is actually a really good feeling,” she told the New York Times. “To be up there with both men and women is something that’s super rare.”
Her next focus: winning this U.S. Open, which would set two more records. If Williams wins this U.S. Open, she will break her tie of 22 Grand Slam titles with Steffi Graff and have the most Grand Slam titles in the Open era (Margaret Court won 24 Grand Slam titles, but her career included both amateur and Open eras). Winning this tournament would also be her seventh U.S. Open title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most ever.
And despite her victories this weekend, Williams still said she isn’t doing her best yet.
“I don’t feel like I’m Serena out there yet,” she said. “But hopefully she’ll come around the second week.”
So to recap: this weekend, Serena Williams netted the most victories by a woman in Grand Slam history, and is tied for the most victories in Grand Slam history, regardless of sex. If she wins the whole U.S. Open tournament, she will have the most Grand Slam titles ever, and the most U.S. Open titles ever.
In short, Serena Williams just made history – and in a few weeks, her case as the greatest tennis player ever may be even more difficult to beat.