NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Serena Williams stormed into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open in record-smashing style on Monday, easing past Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 6-3 to claim grand slam win number 308.
The world number one needed just 68 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to overwhelm the 52nd-ranked Shvedova and move past Roger Federer to the top of the all-time grand slam victories list.
“Oh wow, it is really exciting, this is where it all started so it is always so magical out here for me but 308 sounds pretty good,” Williams said about her landmark win, after moving a step closer to a record seventh U.S. Open title.
It has been another dominating run into the last eight for the 34-year-old American, who has yet to be broken and has faced just one break point in four matches while never spending more than 68 minutes on court.
Next up for Williams is fifth seed Romanian Simona Halep, who brushed past 11th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5.