Flushing Meadows, NY ~ Top seed Serena Williams penned her name on yet another page in the history books Monday, claiming her record-breaking 308th career Grand Slam win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova to reach the quarterfinals for the ninth consecutive year.
The win surpasses Roger Federer’s all-time record of 307 wins at a major, and it appears she has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. So far this tournament, no player has been able to put even a scratch on Williams’ armor, as she remains unbroken on serve and has yet to drop a set through four rounds of play. And the one break point she has faced against Johanna Larsson in the third round was quickly erased.
Fighting for her first US Open quarterfinal, Shvedova produced a solid performance against the World No. 1, but in the end, she was no match for Williams’ unforgiving brand of tennis. Williams finished the match with 27 winners to Shvedova’s 10. The American’s 12th ace of the match set up match point at 5-3, and a netted backhand return off the racquet of Shvedova handed Williams the match.
Win No. 308 also puts Williams on track for another record-breaking feat, as a title here would not only vault her past Steffi Graf with 23 Grand Slam titles, but it would also make her the most accomplished US Open champ with seven crowns.