Even though the stadium was empty, Serena didn’t fail to entertain the fans watching her from around the world. In the first-round match of the US Open 2020, Williams punished 13 aces to post a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Compatriot Kristie Ahn on Tuesday.
With this win, the American broke another record, that of winning the most matches at the US Open. Chris Evert was the previous record holder, whom Serena passed by winning her 102nd career victory at the New York Grand Slam.
Her record break was more special this time, as it also marked her daughter Olympia’s third birthday!
The 38-year old’s reaction to breaking the record might surprise some though. She isn’t new to breaking records and this is just one more under her name.
“In a weird way I feel like every time I come here, I’m being told I broke another record. I don’t think I appreciate it enough, which is unfortunate. But I’m in the middle of a Grand Slam, so it’s not the time to be focused for me on records when I’m thinking about winning a tournament.”, Williams said.
“Got to get my Serena focus back”
The recorded talk isn’t over yet! Winning this slam would mean a lot to Williams as she would level Margaret Court‘s mark of 24 major singles titles. The 23-time Grand slam champion has been missing the mark losing the last two finals at both the U.S.Open and Wimbledon since returning from childbirth.
Williams started with a shaky start after losing her first service game on Tuesday. But she broke the silence with her booming serve and went for her first straight-set win since January’s Australian Open.
“Got to get my Serena focus back. It’s been years, since the ’90s since I won a match in straight sets. Just be Serena and close it out.”, Serena said.
Her next opponent will be 117th(ranking) Russian Margarita Gasparyan and she might face 2017 U.S.Open champion Sloane Stephens in the third round.