Serena Williams Surpasses Roger Federer for Most Grand Slam Victories in Tennis
The Grand Slam queen had a record-setting win on route to the US Open quarterfinals.
On Monday, tennis queen Serena Williams beat Yaroslava Shvedova (6-2, 6-3) advancing to the US Open quarterfinals. The match was her 308th Grand Slam win-giving her more Grand Slam victories than any other player in the world.
"It's a huge number. I think it's very significant actually. I think it's something that, you know, just really talks about the length of my career, in particular," Williams said in an on-court interview. "I've been playing for a really long time, but also, you know, given that consistency up there. That's something that I'm really proud of."
The 34-year-old now has more wins under her belt than Roger Federer who trails behind her with 307. He will not be able to increase that total until next season since he's sitting this one out because of an injury.
This has left everyone wondering: Who will retire with the most wins?
"I don't know. We'll see," Williams said. "Hopefully, we'll both keep going. I know I plan on it. I know he does. So we'll see."
Williams has made it to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for 10 straight years. Unfortunately, last year she lost to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals-ending her chance to score another consecutive Grand Slam win.
That said, with a .880 winning percentage, Williams is only three more wins away from her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. If she wins, she will break the tie with Steffi Graf for the most title wins in the Open era, which started in 1968.
Next, the legendary athlete is scheduled to play against Simona Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up, who is also ranked the fifth best women's tennis player in the world.