Serena Williams is the winningest women's player in U.S. Open history after defeating Kristie Ahn in her first-round match on Tuesday (September 1). The straight-set victory was her 102nd win at the tournament and moved her ahead of Chris Evert on the all-time list. Williams has won the tournament six times and is hoping to tie Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles with a victory in Flushing, Queens.
This victory was different than all her others because it took place on an empty court because fans were not allowed to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think the hardest [thing] is making sure you stay pumped," she told reporters. "For me, it was clearly easy because I'm always overly passionate. I love being passionate. It's what I'm best at."
Serena will now face Russia's Margarita Gasparyan in the second round as she chases Court's record.