With another record in the bag, Serena Williams will look to continue making history when she plays Simona Halep in the quarterfinals of the 2016 US Open in New York on Wednesday.
Serena crossed Roger Federer for the most number of match wins in Grand Slams by clinching her 308th victory in the fourth round on Monday. The American was too strong for Yaroslava Shvedova, and the manner in which she has played in the final major of the year, it looks like even Halep will find it difficult to worry the world number one.
"I think it's really important (to win the US Open this year)," Serena, who will go into her own past Steffi Graf as the record holder for Grand Slam titles in the Open era, said. "You have to see it and believe it before it happens, you know. I think that is something that is super important."
The only possibility of an upset might be in the fact that Serena has not been tested in this US Open. The 22-time Grand Slam winner has not been broken even once and has faced just one break point all tournament. So, when she does run into a seeded player for the first time, Halep might have a chance to catch Serena off guard early on.
"She's like the best player in the world," Halep said when asked about facing Serena. "I don't have to be afraid or to have emotions because I have nothing to lose. It's just a huge challenge for me. Just playing my game. I will try to do that.
"Physically I feel strong enough to face her, but you never know. She has a lot of power when she hits, so I have just to recover my body, to be 100% next round, and to give everything I have."
The winner of the Serena vs Halep match will play either Ana Konjuh, the 18-year-old, who knocked out Agnieszka Radwanska in the previous round, or Karolina Pliskova, the No.10 seed who got the better of Venus Williams.
Where to Watch Live
Serena vs Halep is set to begin at 7 p.m. local time (4.30 a.m. IST, 12 a.m. BST next day). Live Streaming and TV information for the quarterfinal match is below.
India: TV: Ten 1 and Ten 1 HD. Live Streaming: Tensports live.
US: TV: ESPN2. Live Streaming: Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV: TSN. Live Streaming: TSN TV.
Europe: TV: EuroSport. Live Streaming: EuroSport Player.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
Middle East: TV: Bein Sports Arabia. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
International: Live Streaming: US Open website.