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  • 13 Aug
    NEW YORK -- Serena Williams now owns more victories in Grand Slam matches than anyone else in tennis Open era, surpassing Roger Federer with her 308th.So, Serena, wholl wind up with more?I dont know. Well see, Williams said during her on-court interview after reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals by beating Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 on Monday.Hopefully well both keep going, she added. I know I plan on it. I know he does. So well see.Federer turned 35 on Aug. 8. Williams turns 35 on Sept. 26.Williams very first win at a Grand Slam tournament came way back when she was 16, a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Irina Spirlea in the first round of the Australian Open on Jan. 19, 1998. Williams first loss at a major came in her next match, which happened to come against older sister Venus.Nearly two decades later, through plenty of highs and lows, from championships to health scares, the younger Williams is still at it -- and still winning.Its a huge number, she said about getting to 308. I think its very significant, actually. I think its something that just really talks about the length of my career, in particular. Ive been playing for a really long time. But also, given that consistency up there -- thats something that Im really proud of.Although her 36-year-old sibling is active, many of Williams contemporaries have come and gone, including Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, who are both younger, and Martina Hingis, who is only a year older.I definitely never thought I would be playing still, Williams said. Now I dont really see when Im going to stop, because Im just enjoying these moments out here, getting to break records that I didnt even know existed or I didnt even know was possible.Over her career, she is 308-42 at the majors, for a winning percentage of .880. Heres the victory breakdown: 88 at the U.S. Open, 86 at Wimbledon, 74 at the Australian Open, 60 at the French Open.Federer is 307-51 (.858) and cant increase his total until next season, because he is sitting out the U.S. Open and the rest of 2016 because of problems with his surgically repaired right knee. Indeed, he recently tweeted pictures of himself hiking in the Swiss countryside .Williams, meanwhile, still has work to do at Flushing Meadows as she pursues another mark: most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, which began in 1968. She pulled even with Steffi Graf by collecting her 22nd trophy at Wimbledon in July.Against the 52nd-ranked Shvedova, Williams hit a tournament-leading 126 mph serve, totaled 11 aces, won 28 of 30 points when a first serve landed in, and didnt face a break point. So far, through four matches, Williams has not been broken at all, facing only a single break point.Shes hitting much harder than a regular player. And the placement and the bounce is much different, Shvedova said. Its harder to reach.Williams has reached at least the quarterfinals in each of her past nine appearances at the U.S. Open. A year ago, she was stunned in the semifinals by Roberta Vinci, ending the Americans bid to become the first player since Graf in 1988 with a calendar-year Grand Slam.Shell try to get back to the semifinals by beating No. 5 Simona Halep next.I just feel like Im going out there, doing what I need to do, Williams said. 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She tripped after she charged around the final turn of the 800 meters on Monday, missing out on a top-three finish and a coveted spot on the Olympic team for Rio.She had one more chance to make the team in the 1,500 meters. Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury grabbed the top two spots, and Martinez and Amanda Eccleston leaned for third before collapsing.Martinez appeared to sob, unable to look at the results on the scoreboard at Hayward Field. But Simpson was watching intently.Once it was official, Simpson ran to Martinez and scooped her into her arms.Im so proud of you, Simpson said. Im so proud of you.Martinez had edged Eccleston by .03 seconds.Maybe that can be my story, Martinez said about finally making the team. If I can help someone along the way: Dont give up on your dream.---10:08 p.m.Simone Biles is closing in on an automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic womens gymnastics team.The three-time world champion opened the final night of Olympic Trials with a solid 15.550 on floor exercise despite taking a small step out of bounds during her dynamic routine. Biles has a total of 77.4 points through five rotations, nearly two points clear of Laurie Hernandez.The top finisher in the all-around is guaranteed a spot on the five-woman Olympic team. The other four positions will be selected at the end of competition on Sunday night.---9:40 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: Matthew Centrowitz made his second Olympic team with a victory in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Sunday. Centrowitz finished fourth at the London Games. Runner-up Robby Andrews and third-place finisher Ben Blankenship also are headed to Rio. Leonel Manzano, the silver medalist in the London Olympics, finished fourth and did not make the team.---9:31 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: Beijing Olympics silver medalist Kerron Clement won the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Track and Field Trials to earn a spot on the team for the Rio Games next month. Runner-up Byron Robinson and third-place finisher Michael Tinsley, the silver medalist at the London Olympics, also earned spots on the team.---9:30 p.m.Retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant posed for photos at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials ahead of watching Gabby Douglas and other American stars try to secure their spots for the Rio Olympics.His guide for the night at San Joses SAP Center? None other than Nadia Comaneci.Just hanging out with Nadia and checking out some gymnastics, Bryant said.---9:25 p.m.There will be no Olympic double for Allyson Felix.Beaten to the line by 0.01 seconds for third place by a diving Jenna Prandinni, Felix finished fourth in the 200 meters at Olympic trials and will not be able to defend her title.ddddddddddddAlso off the table -- the 200-400 Olympic double. With Felix in mind, Olympic organizers changed the schedule to allow for the womens 2-4 double. Felix qualified last weekend for the 400, but had been dealing with a sore right ankle and could not make it in her signature event.Tori Bowie and Deajah Stevens finished first and second.Honestly disappointed, you know?---9:15 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: Tori Bowie won the womens 200 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trials to earn her first trip to the Olympics. Runner-up Deajah Stevens will also make her Olympic debut as will Jenna Prandini, who upset favorite Allyson Felix by 100th of a second for third.---9:10 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: Jenny Simpson earned a spot on her third Olympic team with a victory in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trial. Runner-up Shannon Rowbury also made her third Olympic team, and third-place finisher Brenda Martinez will also go to the Rio Games next month.---9:05 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: Erik Kynard, who won the silver medal in the high jump at the London Games, won the event at the U.S. Track and Field Trials to earn a spot in the Rio Games next month. Third-place finisher Bradley Adkins also earned a spot on the Olympic team. Runner-up Kyle Landon had not jumped the minimum height, or standard, to compete in the Olympics.---9 p.m.It wouldnt have mattered if Molly Huddle celebrated this one early.Huddle finished well ahead of the pack to win the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Sunday at Hayward Field.The American record-holder in the event finished in 15 minutes, 5.01 seconds. Huddle also won the 10,000 meters at the Trials last weekend to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Rio Games next month.Last year at the world championships in Beijing, Huddle celebrated too early in the 10,000-meter race, costing her the bronze medal.This will be Huddles second Olympic appearance -- she finished 11th in the 5,000 at the London Games.She said this week shell likely focus on the 5,000 alone in Brazil.---8:40 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: American record holder Molly Huddle earned a spot on the Olympic team by winning the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trials. Shelby Houlihan and Kim Conley also made the team for the Rio Games.---8:40 p.m.QUALIFICATION ALERT: Jenn Suhr will get to defend her Olympic gold medal in the pole vault after winning the event at the U.S. Track and Field Trials. Runner-up Sandi Morris and third-place finisher Alexis Weeks also qualified for a spot on the Olympic team in Rio.---8:24 p.m.New Jersey prep star Sydney McLaughlin became the first 16-year-old in 40 years to make the U.S. Olympic track team with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles on Sunday at the U.S. Track and Field Trials.McLaughlin joins winner Dalilah Muhammad and runner-up Ashley Spencer on the team headed to Rio. Muhammad, the silver medalist at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, finished in 52.88 seconds.McLaughlins time of 54.14 was a junior world record. She will be a senior at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, next fall.The last 16-year-old to make the team was 100-meter hurdler Rhonda Brady in 1976. ' ' '