Williams equals record in second-round win

Serena Williams tied Martina Navratilova’s record of most grand slam singles wins by a woman following her 6-3, 6-3 win over Vania King in the second round of the US Open on Thursday. 

The world number one equalled Navratilova’s record of 306 grand slam singles wins and will have a chance to surpass the record on Saturday.

It’s the first of a number of records Williams will be looking to rack up in New York, with her sights firmly set on moving ahead of Steffi Graff as the winner of the most singles grand slams. The pair are currently tied on 22 singles titles, with a 23rd in the offing for Williams at Flushing Meadows.

The top seed kicked off proceedings by breaking King in the second game and went on to take a 4-1 lead. While King reduced the deficit to 5-3, she was unable to stop Williams from clinching the set.

In the second set, Williams edged ahead 2-1 after breaking King in the third game and didn’t look back, with a second break helping her to a straight-sets victory.

Williams will face Johanna Larsson in the third round after the Swede beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-1.

Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska also progressed to the third round after triumphing over Naomi Broady 7-6 (9), 6-3.

Radwanska found herself in a tight battle in the first set  which she edged in a tiebreaker.

The Pole found herself trailing 2-0 early on in the second set as she failed to hold serve at the first time of asking, but the 27-year-old bounced back by breaking Broady twice to wrap up a hard-fought win.

Eleventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro and 19th seed Elena Vesnina also recorded victories on Thursday.

The major shock of the day was provided by China’s Shuai Zhang who stunned 16th seed and 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-3.

Earlier, fifth seed Simona Halep, sixth seed Venus Williams and 10th seed Karolina Pliskova all booked their spot in the third round.