Tennis ace Serena Williams surpassed Chris Evert’s previous record for most singles wins in US Open history, male or female. She won her 102nd US Open career match to break a tie with Evert for the most wins in the professional era.

On Tuesday, the 23 Grand Slam winner, Williams defeated American compatriot Kristie Ahn 7-5, 6-3 in the first round. In doing so, a six-time US Open champion Williams surpassed the previous all-time record, she shared with Chris Evert—also a six-time US Open champion.

Former world number one and third seed Williams has now advanced to the second round of the US Open.

What You Should Know

  • Serena Williams started her quest for an elusive and record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title at the US Open.
  • Williams broke Chris Evert’s previous record for most singles wins in US Open history.
  • Williams, a mother of one girl, has returned to the court after a six-month break.
  • Venus Williams for the first time ever lost in the first round of the US Open.

A 38-year-old Williams, who has been longing to tie Margaret Court’s record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, is now only six wins away from the feat. At Flushing Meadows, she played without her usual crowd support but Williams said she likes the vibe. “I think what’s most important about this event taking place is just the spirit,’’ she said. “Sport has been gone for so long, particularly tennis. We missed two Grand Slams. The morale can be really low in the world with everything that’s going on. Sometimes you just want to take your mind off. That’s one of the reasons I was so supportive of the U.S. Open,” NY Post reported.

‘Be Serena focused’

Next, Williams will face Margarita Gasparyan. “I still am as passionate and intense out there. I love my job and love what I do. One of these days, it’s going to end, [but] I love being out here,’’ she claimed.

“I was really pleased with how I just fought for every point,” Williams told ESPN. “I’ve been playing a ton of tight matches. I felt like, all right, I just wanted to be Serena focused from the first point to the last point no matter what happens.”

Meanwhile, a two-time US Open champion, Venus Williams, who is 40, lost in the first round for the first time in 22 appearances, beaten 6-3, 7-5 by No 20 Karolina Muchova.

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