Serena Williams continues to rewrite the history books as the 34-year-old claimed a record 307th Grand Slam women’s singles win to reach the last-16 of the US Open.
The top seed surpassed Martina Navratilova’s record total with ease in the end, beating world No 47 Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-1 in exactly one hour on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams – who is bidding for a seventh US Open title and Grand Slam No 23 – now has an opportunity to break Roger Federer’s Grand Slam wins record for any player of 307 when she faces Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Monday.
Williams said: ‘It is a really good feeling, I have to say. To be up there with both men and women is something that’s super rare and it actually feels good.
‘Each number I’m definitely most proud of. I was really excited to reach that. [It was] something I didn’t even know about until Wimbledon. I was like, “Oh, I have a new goal”.
‘That was pretty cool for me. Obviously I want to keep that number going higher and see what can happen.’
It took just two games for Williams to break the Larsson serve but she then had to save the first break point she has faced this tournament at 3-1 as her Swedish opponent hit long.
Another break of serve saw Williams take the set as she chase down a Larsson drop shot and directed a backhand pass down the line.
Williams needed just 24 minutes to win the second set, dropping just one game in yet another dominant performance here.
She said: ‘It was a really good match for me because she [Larsson] played a different kind of match. It was really good for me to have a different type of rhythm and move the ball around’
Although Williams has looked in good condition here so far, not dropping a set yet, Williams admitted afterwards that she is still undergoing therapy on the shoulder injury which forced her to pull out of Cincinnati last month.
Williams said: ‘It definitely feels solid. I’m doing a lot of work on it so I can keep it in this position. Definitely not going to stop doing all the rehab and therapy, so I don’t want to go down. It’s pretty good.’