When Serena Williams stole ultimate US Open record from Chris Evert

Serena Williams secured her 102nd US Open victory in 2020, leaving Chris Evert on 101

by Jovica Ilic
When Serena Williams stole ultimate US Open record from Chris Evert
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Serena Williams is the most decorated player at the US Open, achieving 108 wins and six titles. While sharing the number of titles with Chris Evert, no one has won more US Open matches than Serena, earning the record in 2020.

Serena and Chris were tied on 101 US Open wins before Williams took charge three years again to stand at the top alone. The finalist from the previous two years, Serena kicked off her 2020 US Open campaign with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over world no.

96 Kristie Ahn in an hour and 21 minutes. It was her record-breaking 102nd US Open victory, securing another milestone on her extended list. Serena had 13 aces and three double faults, dominating with her first serve. However, she struggled on the second, suffering two breaks from three chances offered to Ahn.

Serena Williams secured the US Open record in 2020.

World no. 96 could not match those numbers, giving away almost half of the points in her games and allowing Serena to seize four breaks from six opportunities. Williams trailed an early break in the opener and pulled it back in the fourth game.

The more experienced American denied another break point in the ninth game and delivered a late break at 6-5 to clinch the opener. Ahn forged a 2-0 advantage in the second set, hoping for a better outcome than in the first.

She lost ground after that, losing six of the next seven games. Serena clinched breaks in games four and six and forged a 4-2 lead. Serving for the victory, Williams held at 15 at 5-3, moving into the second round and securing an ultimate US Open record that should take some beating in the future.

"It was about getting the rhythm early in the clash. The first round is always tough for me. Kristie strikes the ball hard; she mixes up a lot and plays many different shots. You do not know what to expect. Her game was good to the point where I had to make sure.

At one point, I was down a break, fighting for everything. Weirdly, I'm being told I broke another record every time I come here. I do not appreciate it enough, which is unfortunate. I'm in the middle of a Major, and it's not the time to be focused on records when I'm thinking about winning a tournament.

I wanted to be focused from the first point to the last. Despite that, I have been losing matches on literally one point that could swing it differently," Serena Williams said.

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