Serena Williams began her quest to win a 24th Grand Slam singles title with a win over Kristie Ahn in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
Williams and Ahn split the first 10 games before the third-seeded Williams took control to earn a 7-5, 6-3 win. With the victory, Williams passed Chris Evert with her 102nd singles win at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows — the most by a woman at the tournament
Williams, who turns 39 this month, has won the U.S. Open six times and has been the runner-up in each of the last two years at the event. She can tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles trophies with a win in New York.
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