A record-breaking victory has brought things full circle for Serena Williams.
The Nike-sponsored athlete has broken Martina Navratilova’s record for the most women’s singles career Grand Slam match wins after triumphing over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson on Saturday at the U.S. Open.
The 307th Grand Slam win moves Williams into the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
She defeated the tennis star 6-2, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows, N.Y. — where she won her first Grand Slam title, in 1999.
“That’s pretty awesome and what a place to do it, where everything first started,” Williams told reporters.
The victory ties Roger Federer in the men’s category.
“To be up there with both men and women is something that’s super rare, and it actually feels really good,” she added.
If Williams comes out on top at the conclusion of the U.S. Open, she could beat Steffi Graf’s record with a 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
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On the court, Williams rocked a pair of her white NikeCourt Flare QS tennis shoes during the game and will advance to the finals.
The ultralight upper features breathable mesh with fused overlays to support natural-feeling movements at maximum speed. The extended-stretch ankle collar substitutes for a traditional tongue, wrapping the midfoot in a socklike way for stability.
The footwear, which retails for $200, is available on the label’s website.