Entertainment Sports Serena Williams Eyes 24th Grand Slam Title as She Makes It to U.S. Open Finals Ukranian Elina Svitolina was ranked ahead of Serena Williams By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 5, 2019 10:12 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Serena Williams is one match closer to tying the record for most-ever grand slam wins in the U.S. Open era. The 37-year-old defeated the number 5 seed Ukranian Elina Svitolina on Thursday night at Arthur Ashe stadium in Queens. Defeating Svitolina in a 6-3, 6-1 victory, Williams clinched her 101st U.S. Open win, tying Chris Evert’s tournament record. ‘It’s just impressive, I guess,” Williams said of the feat. “I don’t think about it. I just come out here and do what I can.” Tim Clayton/Getty Images Earlier in the week, Williams marked her 100th singles victory since her 1998 debut when she defeated No. 18 seed Qiang Wang. “It feels good,” Williams said to ESPN after the game. “It feels like, ‘OK, this is what I’ve been training for. This is how hard I’ve been working.’ It feels like, you know, hard work pays off when that happens.” Williams managed the incredible victory — now tied for the shortest complete match of the Women’s Tennis Association season — despite rolling her ankle in her previous match. “Physically, I’m feeling great,” Williams told ESPN of her injury. “And more than anything, I’m having fun every time I come out here.” Serena Williams. Tim Clayton/Getty Images Serena Williams Just Won Her 100th U.S. Open Match: ‘I Love What I Do’ Heading into the 2019 open, the athlete was ranked as a No. 8 seed. Winning her 24th Grand Slam singles title would tie Williams with the record for most grand slam wins with Margaret Smith Court. The mother of Alexis Olympia has already surpassed tennis champion Steffi Graf’s 22 titles. Serena Williams Marks Her 19th Consecutive Win Over Maria Sharapova in First U.S. Open Face-Off The tournament ends with the women’s singles final on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. EST and the men’s singles final on Sunday, Sept. 8, also at 4 p.m. EST.