Serena Williams moves closer to Roger Federer's record

Serena Williams is getting closer to Roger Federer’s record

Serena Williams is still not ready to retire! The American veteran has reached the third round of the US Open for the 21st time in as many trips to New York, taking her tally to 108 US Open wins and 367 at majors.

Serena is the second most successful player at majors on both tours and is two behind Roger Federer, who is at 369. Serena could have caught Roger with a solid run at the US Open, but she lost in the opening round. The American started her 21st and final US Open with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Danka Kovinic in an hour and 30 minutes.

Williams defended eight of 10 break points and secured five breaks of serve to control the pace and advance into the second round. Serena extended her incredible streak in the first two rounds of the US Open to 42-0 with a 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win over second-seeded Anett Kontaveit in two hours and 27 minutes.

Serena Williams has 367 major wins.

Williams won a point more than Kontaveit and both delivered five breaks of serve. The crowd favorite raised her level in the decider to overtake the Estonian and give her fans something to cheer about.

Serena saved a break point with a service winner in game four to avoid an early setback. Anett fended off break points in game seven to stay on the positive side, and Serena pressed hard on the return two games later. Williams broke in game nine after Kontaveit’s backhand error, opening a 5-4 advantage.

The American served for the set in game ten and was broken after a double fault at 15. The servers were too good to introduce a tiebreak in Games 11 and 12, and they continued strong in the first seven points. Serena grabbed a mini-break in the eighth point and sealed the opener with an ace in the 11th point for 7-6 in 63 minutes.

Kontaveit made a fresh start in the second set, opening a 4-1 lead with three straight breaks on her tally. The Estonian served well in the rest of the set, holding in game eight to go 6-2 with a boost going into the decider.

Serena regained her composure and broke twice to make it 3-1. The American held at love in game five to extend the gap before going 4-2 from a break point. Denying this, Williams finished the game with a forehand drive volley winner that brought them closer to the finish line.

Kontaveit served to stay in the game at 2-5 and faced three match points. Serena sealed the deal in style, firing a return winner to get on top and prolong her career.

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