By Pa Sport Staff
Published: 06:28 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 06:39 BST, 2 September 2020
Serena Williams vowed to relish every moment of her quest for an elusive and record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title after edging her way into the second round of the US Open.
The 38-year-old, who needs one more trophy to match Margaret Court's all-time record, was forced to hit back from an early break down in both sets before seeing off American compatriot Kristie Ahn.
In doing so, six-time champion Williams won her 102nd career match at the US Open, surpassing the previous record she shared with Chris Evert.
Serena Williams celebrates picking up her US Open first round victory on Tuesday evening
It was the 102nd win the 38-year-old has experienced at Flushing Meadows, a new record
Even with six of the world's top 10 players absent, Williams' 7-5, 6-3 win in just under one-and-a-half hours did not exactly inspire confidence that Flushing Meadows will provide that historic platform in little under two weeks' time.
But Williams joked: 'It's been since the 1990s that I won a match in straight sets so that feels really good. I just told myself, "be Serena and close it out", and I know I can do that.
'I love my job at the end of the day and I've always said that you can't do it forever. One of these days it is going to end and I just love being out here.'