She’s older, been playing longer so not a big surprise that Serena Williams now has more Grand Slam match wins than Roger Federer. After thumping Yaroslava Shvedova yesterday in the fourth round of the US Open, Serena moved into the top spot in the Open Era with Grand Slam victories with 308, one ahead of Federer and two in front of former women’s leader Martina Navratilova.
“I think it’s really exciting,” Serena said. “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,” she said. “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. 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.”
GRAND SLAM MATCH WINS (Open Era)
308 Serena Williams
307 Roger Federer
306 Martina Navratilova
299 Chris Evert
With Federer nursing a knee injury and slipping in the rankings, Serena’s a good bet to finish ahead of the Swiss when all is said and done.
Serena now turns her attention back to chasing Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 23 Slams and breaking her tie with the German at 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1.
Serena, who hasn’t lost serve all week, will now face Simona Halep Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.
“I just think with everyone I play, they play a step up and above their ranking,” Serena said. “I think that’s the beauty, one of the reasons I’m able to hang. Everyone I’m playing is playing like they’re No. 1.
“To me it doesn’t really matter who I play because I have to expect they’re going to play the match of their life. That’s how I go into these matches now.”
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