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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Final frontiers: Serena Williams eyes US Open title match milestones

Quick look at milestones Serena Williams will be chasing in US Open final against Naomi Osaka on Saturday

Former world No 1 Serena Williams has a few things at stake ahead of the US Open final on Saturday. EPA
Former world No 1 Serena Williams has a few things at stake ahead of the US Open final on Saturday. EPA

- A 24th grand slam title would see Serena Williams tie Australian Margaret Court's all-time record for major victories. Williams's 23 are the Open Era record - one more than Steffi Graf's 22.

Margaret Court, right, has an Open Era record of 24 grand slam singles titles in her career. AFP
Margaret Court, right, has an Open Era record of 24 grand slam singles titles in her career. AFP

- A seventh title - to go with those won in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 - would see Williams pass Chris Evert for the most US Open victories.

Serena Williams and Chris Evert, right, share the record for most US Open title wins. AFP
Serena Williams and Chris Evert, right, share the record for most US Open title wins. AFP

- Williams can notch her first victory since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September 2017 and join Court, Kim Clijsters and Evonne Goolagong as the only mothers to win grand slam singles titles.

Serena Williams can join Margaret Court, Kim Clijsters, pictured, and Evonne Goolagong as the only mothers to win grand slam singles titles. Reuters
Serena Williams can join Margaret Court, Kim Clijsters, pictured, and Evonne Goolagong as the only mothers to win grand slam singles titles. Reuters

- With a victory, Williams would avoid her first season since 2011 without a grand slam title.

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