Former world number one Serena Williams kicked off her Australian Open campaign in style, beating the Swiss hopeful Belinda Bencic 6:3 6:4 on Tuesday. The No.2 seed Williams, formerly known to start tournaments off slow and get into the rhythm as they progress, couldn’t afford a slow start this time around, as Bencic posed a serious threat to Serena’s quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title. After all, Bencic had won their last encounter in Toronto two years ago.
Currently tied with Steffi Graf at 22 Grand Slam wins
, Williams is on the brink of surpassing Steffi Graf to become the single most successful tennis player in the open era. As our chart illustrates, no active player is even close to matching Williams’ Grand Slam resume and should she finally reach 23 titles, it will likely be a record for the ages.