sport news Serena Williams breaks record for most career matches won at US Open

Serena Williams breaks record for most career matches won at US Open as she picks up her 102nd victory to see off compatriot Kristie Ahn 7-5, 6-3 in the first round at Flushing Meadows Serena Williams secured her spot in the second round of the US Open The 38-year-old is one Grand Slam shy of a record-equalling 24th title  She picked up her 102nd victory at Flushing Meadows by beating Kristie Ahn  

By Pa Sport Staff

Published: 06:28 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 06:39 BST, 2 September 2020

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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

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

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.'

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