Williams, who had already overtaken Martina Navratilova’s women’s record of 307 wins with victory over Johanna Larsson in round three, beat Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 to surpass Roger Federer’s all-time record. The 34-year-old will now meet Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final after she dispatched Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 7-5.
It was not a day of unrivalled joy for the Williams family, however, as Serena’s elder sister Venus was knocked out of the tournament by 10th seed Karolina Pliskova. The Czech 24-year-old won a dramatic contest 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Pliskova was broken while serving for the match at 40-0 but regained her composure to overpower her opponent and reach her first ever grand slam quarter-final.