Serena Williams has long been considered if not the greatest tennis player in the world, one of the greatest to ever play the game. Well on Monday, Sept. 7 she again proven to the world why she has been able to be labeled one of the greatest tennis players of all times. When Serena Williams defeated Maria Sakkari at the U.S. Open, she accomplished three things at once: She qualified for the tournament’s quarterfinals, she also redeemed herself after losing to Sakkari two weeks ago, and she achieved her 100th career victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams made history.
Williams won against Sakkari 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, however, there were no fans to cheer her on during the match at the Queens, New York, venue because of the coronavirus. The tennis star’s milestone victory at the stadium puts her far ahead of Roger Federer, who’s won at Arthur Ashe 77 times.
Arthur Ashe was the first Black man to win a Grand Slam tournament, taking home the trophy in 1968 at the first U.S. Open of the modern era. This occurred during a time when pro players could compete in the previously amateurs-only tournament — which some might say makes Williams’ record even more significant since she’s Black. Williams win comes in what many in the tennis world considered to be one of the most prestigious places to play, Arthur Ashe Stadium is in the upper echelon of tennis venues in the world. is also considered to be one of the most prestigious places to play in the world.
Williams, the who is the mother of a daughter with her husband Alex Ohanian, lost to Sakkari at the Western & Southern Open last month. Williams told reporters that she did not feel that playing in an empty stadium affect her much since she relies on her training.
“I’m always going to bring that fire and that passion and that Serena to the court,” Williams explained after her fourth-round victory. “I don’t feel like I’m super different without a crowd, but I’m super passionate. This is my job. This is what I wake up to do. This is what I train to do 365 days of the year.”
In her post-match interview, Sakkari explained why she wasn’t able to beat Williams as she did at the Western & Southern Open.
“I think we both played a high-level match,” Sakkari told reporters. “But I have to be deadly honest, I wasn’t brave enough in the third set. I kind of, like, not choked, but didn’t get my chances, and if you don’t get the chances with a good Serena against you, it’s done.”
This win against the Greek player Williams’ advances to the Grand Slam quarterfinal for the 53rd time. Williams will take on Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkovao On Wednesday, Sept. 9.