Serena gets a big 'assist' from Konjuh
SERENA Williams broke through another barrier on Monday, her 308th Grand Slam match win taking her past Roger Federer for the most in major tournaments and into the quarter-finals of the US Open.
"Wow, it's really exciting," Williams said of moving out of a tie with Swiss great Federer for most Grand Slam match wins.
"This is where it all started so it's always so magical out here for me - 308 sounds pretty good."
As Williams, never seriously challenged in a 6-2, 6-3 victory over 52nd-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova, sailed on, one of the two players with a chance to topple her from the world number one spot in this tournament bowed out as fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was shocked by 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh.
The 6-4, 6-4 triumph avenged a bitter disappointment for Konjuh, who held three match points against Radwanska in the second round at Wimbledon before falling 9-7 in the third round after stepping on a ball and turning her ankle.
"She's an incredible player and I'm just happy to have the opportunity to play her again," Konjuh said.
"This time, I got the revenge."
The teenager showed remarkable poise throughout the match that closed out the night session in the cavernous Arthur Ashe stadium.
With Radwanska out of the picture, second-seeded German Angelique Kerber is now the only player with a chance to end Williams' 186-week reign atop the rankings.
Kerber's run to the quarters means the American must at least reach the final to stay top for a 187th consecutive week which would, of course, be a record.