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Serena breaks Navratilova’s career Grand Slam wins record

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 04-09-2016 STEFAN BONDY

Feeling like her favorite female super heroes, Serena Williams breezed to a record-breaking victory and declared that she's still not in top form.

"I don't feel like Serena yet," she said. "Hopefully she'll come around the second week."

That's a scary thought to the first three opponents she pummeled at the Open without dropping a set, none finished faster than the 60 minutes it took Saturday to beat Johanna Larsson, 6-2, 6-1.

It represented Williams' 307th victory in a Grand Slam match, eclipsing Martina Navratilova for the all-time female record. She is also now tied with Roger Federer.

"That was pretty cool for me," Williams, 34, said. "Obviously I want to get that number higher and see what can happen."

Williams hit the milestone while wearing a turtleneck skirt with pink arm sleeves, with Carmelo Anthony and his family cheering from a luxury suite. While Williams couldn't recall the inspiration of her outfit, she said it might've had something to do with her enthusiasm for comic books.

"I can say it definitely feels like a Wonderwoman or Superwoman," Williams said. "Like a really powerful, strong character that is strong but yet isn't afraid to be soft at the same time."

So somebody like you?

"It is me," Williams said.

It was evident from the first game Saturday that Johanna Larsson, a Swede ranked 47th in the world, was overmatched and overpowered, an unworthy nemesis to any super hero. Williams didn't drop a game on serve and hit 24 winners compared to Larsson's 5.

Although Williams' greatest weapon is her strength, Larsson said finesse kept her offbalance.

"What you can't see on the screen is that she's mixing up her shot," Larsson said. "It's not always hard, hard shots as it may look like. It's a lot of spin out there and I was surprised it was bouncing so high out there."

Williams' path to a potential 23rd Grand Slam title - which would move her past Steffi Graf for second all-time - has been undramatic and businesslike. She hasn't come close to dropping a set in her first three matches, and her next opponent in the Round of 16, 23rd-seeded Daria Kasatkina, shouldn't be much of a threat. Williams roasted Kasatkina at the Australian Open this year, 6-1, 6-1.

A potential showdown against fifth-seeded Simona Halep looms in the quarterfinals, and then she'll collide with the part of the bracket that includes Venus Williams.

Serena Williams barely breaks a sweat during her record-breaking win at U.S. Open Saturday. - Andrew Schwartz/For New York Daily News © Provided by New York Daily News Serena Williams barely breaks a sweat during her record-breaking win at U.S. Open Saturday. - Andrew Schwartz/For New York Daily News

"Obviously it's possible to beat her because she is losing matches," Larsson said. "So nobody is unbeatable. Not Serena Williams, either. She's a great player but she's not unbeatable. So if she's going to win this Grand Slam she's going to have to continue playing really well. She has to hit those spots or else she's going to get beaten."

Williams, meanwhile, is going for more records.

"I'm not ready to throw in the towel," she said. "I'm still having fun out there. I'm still able to compete with the best. I think that's what matters most to me."

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