When Black Twitter said #BlackWomenDidThat—they were talking about Serena Williams.
The official queen of the tennis court, has just made history at the U.S. Open by setting a new record for most Grand Slams (i.e. major match victories). And that’s not just for the ladies—that’s for any tennis player ever. #MajorKey
The win that pushed her over the top came when she won her 308th Grand Slam win against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Williams was seeded No. 1 and beat Shvedova in less than an hour. Previously, Roger Federer held the Grand Slam record with 307 wins.
WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.
"I just feel like I'm going out there doing what I need to do," Serena told reporters. "I'm not overplaying, I'm not underplaying. I'm just trying to play my way into this tournament."
Her record is the latest installment in a pretty winning year for the world’s highest-paid female athlete. She won Wimbledon twice in five hours with victories in both singles and doubles (she played with sister Venus) in July. Those wins officially tied her with German tennis legend Steffi Graf for the most titles since tennis’ “Open era” began in 1968.
However, Serena would like to get to 311 Slam wins this U.S. Open: That would mean she would win the tournament, earning her a record 23rd major (and break her tie with Steffi Graf at 22) as well as maintain her No. 1 ranking.
“This is where it all started, so it’s always magical for me,”she said on court. “But 308 sounds pretty good.”
Indeed it does. Congrats Serena!