Serena rocks but Murray is rocked

GRAND ACHIEVEMENT: Williams dominated Sweden's Larsson on Saturday, surpassing Navratilova for most Grand Slam wins by a woman with 307 and matching Federer's mark for men.


    Sep 05, 2016

    Serena rocks but Murray is rocked


    SERENA Williams sped past another milestone Saturday en route to the US Open fourth round as men's contenders Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka clawed their way into the last 16.

    World number one Williams dominated Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-1 to surpass Martina Navratilova for most Grand Slam wins by a woman with 307.

    Not only has she surpassed Navratilova, she also matched Roger Federer's mark for men.

    "To be up there with both men and women is something that's super-rare, and it actually feels good," said Williams, who said she was "really excited" to reach 307.

    "Obviously, I want to keep that number going higher," added Williams, who will get her chance when she takes on Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova for a quarter-final berth.

    In the one hour it took to subdue Larsson, Williams appeared untroubled by a shoulder injury that has slowed her since her Wimbledon triumph.

    While she encountered little resistance as she moved a step closer to an Open Era record of 23 Grand Slam titles - and Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 - it was another story for the top men's seeds in action.

    Wawrinka, a two-time Grand Slam winner and twice a semi-finalist in New York, had the closest call, saving a match point in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 victory over Britain's Dan Evans.

    Murray's troubles against Paolo Lorenzi were much of his own making as he allowed the Italian journeyman to make him look ordinary through two sets before pulling himself together to win 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.