Another day, another record for Serena Williams.
The American’s 6-2, 6-3 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday means she is now the all-time Grand Slam match wins record holder with 308, surpassing Roger Federer’s total.
Williams now bids for win No 309 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday against Simona Halep, the Romanian against whom she has a dominant 7-1 head-to-head record.
Williams, 34, said: ‘I think it’s really exciting. I just think winning 308 matches in general is pretty awesome. For that to be in a Grand Slam is pretty cool.
‘It’s a huge number. I think it’s very significant actually. I think it’s something that just really talks about the length of my career in particular.
‘I’ve been playing for a really long time but also given that consistency up there. That’s something that I’m really proud of.’
Williams walked on to court just minutes after older sister Venus had lost a thrilling last-16 clash with Karolina Pliskova but focused on the task in hand against world No 52 Shvedova.
The early pressure was piled on by Williams in the early stages and she converted her fifth break point in a lengthy game for 2-0 before later breaking serve once again for the first set.
Williams’ power proved too strong for Shvedova and she eased to victory in 68 minutes without facing a single break point herself – she remarkably has only had to save one during the tournament so far.
Of her serving, Williams said: ‘I feel like it definitely helps me to be able to know that I can hold. I definitely feel like I can play returns easier.
‘But with that being said, I’m just trying to stay in that serving moment, just not serve over myself, just get high percentages in.
‘I just feel like I’m going out there doing what I need to do. I’m not overplaying, I’m not underplaying. I’m just trying to play my way into this tournament.’
Williams can create more history by retaining the world No 1 ranking at the end of this week, which would see her surpass Steffi Graf’s record of 186 consecutive weeks at the top spot.
But Williams must at least reach the final to do so after German rival Angelique Kerber reached the quarter-finals.