Flushing Meadows, NY ~ World No.1 Serena Williams defeated Johanna Larrson of Sweden 6-2, 6-1 in the third round Saturday and earned her 307th victory in Grand Slam singles events (307-42).
Williams has now surpassed Martina Navratilova for most wins by a woman, and ties her with Roger Federer for the most by any player. Her next victory will not only push her past Federer, and will gain momentum for the conversation that she is one of the best athletes, male or female, of all time.
Williams, who is seeking her 23rd Grand Slam to break a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam wins in the Open Era, now boasts the longest span of Grand Slam singles glory all-time. Pre-Open Era, Helen Wills Moody won her majors over the course of 15y 9.5m. Serena won her first Slam at 1999 US Open, some 16y 10m before her 2016 Wimbledon title. WTA legends Evert, Navratilova and Graf all won their Slams over a 12 year span.
As for longevity, aged 34y 287d at the conclusion of 2016 Wimbledon, Williams is the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era, and has won nine Grand Slam titles as a 30-something. Impressive!