Serena Willams won her 307th Grand Slam match, passing Martina Navratilova to become winningest woman in Grand Slam history.
SERENA did that!!
Serena Williams posted her 307th career Grand Slam victory on Saturday, taking down Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. It was a historic win, and Williams earned it in the dominant fashion we’re all used to. The total surpassed Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam victories in women’s tennis history.
It also tied Roger Federer for the most all time by any competitor. Federer has been dealing with injuries of late and is not participating in the US Open, so he’ll have his work cut out for him staying ahead of Williams, who is still the world No. 1 player.
Williams advanced to the Round of 16 with her win on Saturday. She entered the US Open with her No. 1 ranking under fire, with all of Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza potentially able to grab the ranking. Williams was defending more points at the event than the rest of them as well, which hurt her chances at holding on.
But Muguruza has already been eliminated, so she isn’t a threat. Williams has also progressed far enough that Radwanska would both have to eliminate Williams if they face off in the semifinals and beat Kerber in the finals to earn the ranking. Kerber is still a live threat at taking the ranking, but Williams’ play on Saturday was excellent and she is certainly the woman to beat.