Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova during the opening match of the US Open



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Serena Williams is about to win her 24th personal Grand Slam record in New York.

Williams, back on the field after a minor back injury in Canada, faced long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the first round of the women's singles at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Both players played an intense match between Sharapova and the decisive advantage at one point. In the end, Williams outshot his opponent for the win.

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30. Goran Ivanisevic – $ 19,878,007

Nationality: Croatian

Grand Slam titles: 1 (Wimbledon)

Global titles: 22

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29. Stefan Edberg – $ 20,630,941

Nationality: Swedish

Grand Slam titles: 6 (2 Australian, 2 Wimbledon, 2 US Open)

Global titles: 41

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28. Andy Roddick – $ 20,640,030

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 1 (US Open)

Global titles: 32

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27. Lleyton Hewitt – $ 20,849,000

Nationality: Australian

Grand Slam titles: 2 (1 Wimbledon, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 30

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26. Justine Henin – $ 20,863,335

Nationality: Belgian

Grand Slam titles: 7 (1 Australian Open, 4 French Open, 2 US Open)

Global titles: 43

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25. Ivan Lendl – $ 21,262,417

Nationality: Czech and American

Grand Slam titles: 8 (2 Australian Open, 3 French Open, 3 US Open)

Global titles: 94

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24. Martina Navratilova – $ 21,626,089

Nationality: Czech and American

Grand Slam titles: 18 (9 Wimbledon, 4 US Open, 3 Australian Open, 2 French Open)

Global titles: 167

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23. Steffi Graf – $ 21,895,277

Nationality: German

Grand Slam titles: 22 (7 Wimbledon, 6 Open of France, 5 US Open, 4 Open of Australia)

Global titles: 107

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22. Lindsay Davenport – $ 22,166,338

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 3 (1 Australian, 1 Wimbledon, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 55

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21. Yevgeny Kafelnikov – $ 23,883,797

Nationality: Russian

Grand Slam titles: 2 (1 Australian, 1 French open)

Global titles: 26

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20. Svetlana Kuznetsova – $ 24,484,712

Nationality: Russian

Grand Slam titles: 2 (1 French Open, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 18

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19. Kim Clijsters – $ 24,442,340

Nationality: Belgian

Grand Slam titles: 4 (3 US Open, 1 Australian Open)

Global titles: 41

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18. Martina Hingis – $ 24,749,074

Nationality: Swiss

Grand Slam titles: 5 (3 Open from Australia, 1 Wimbledon, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 43

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17. Boris Becker – $ 25,080,956

Nationality: German

Grand Slam titles: 6 (3 Wimbledon, 2 Australian, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 49

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16. Petra Kvitov√° – $ 26,983,358

Nationality: Czech

Grand Slam titles: 2 (2 Wimbledon)

Global titles: 25

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15. Agnieszka Radwaanska – $ 27,626,407

Nationality: Polish

Grand Slam titles: 0

Global titles: 20

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14. Tomas Berdych – $ 28,931,999

Nationality: Czech

Grand Slam titles: 0

Global titles: 13

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13. Victoria Azarenka – $ 29,088,041

Nationality: Belarusian

Grand Slam titles: 2 (2 Open from Australia)

Global titles: 20

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12. Caroline Wozniacki – $ 30,880,173

Nationality: Danish

Grand Slam titles: 1 (Open from Australia)

Global titles: 29

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11. Andre Agassi – $ 31,152,975

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 8 (4 Australian Open, 2 US Open, 1 Wimbledon, 1 Roland Garros)

Global titles: 60

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10. Stan Wawrinka – $ 31,378,297

Nationality: Swiss

Grand Slam titles: 3 (1 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 16

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9. David Ferrer – $ 31,230,696

Nationality: Espanol

Grand Slam titles: 0

Global titles: 27

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8. Maria Sharapova – $ 38,076,119

Nationality: Russian

Grand Slam titles: 5 (2 French Open, 1 Wimbledon, 1 US Open, 1 Australian Open)

Global titles: 36

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7. Venus Williams – $ 40,775,048

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 7 (5 Wimbledon, 2 US Open)

Global titles: 49

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6. Pete Sampras – $ 43,280,489

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 14 (7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open, 2 Australian Open)

Global titles: 64

(Photo by Clive Brunskill / Getty Images for IPTL 2014)

5. Andy Murray – $ 60,931,985

Nationality: Scottish

Grand Slam titles: 3 (2 Wimbledon, 1 US Open)

Global titles: 45

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4. Serena Williams – $ 86,383,301

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 23 (7 Wimbledon, 7 Australian, 6 US Open, 3 French Open)

Global titles: 72

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3. Rafael Nadal – $ 102,326,975

Nationality: Espanol

Grand Slam titles: 17 (11 French Open, 2 Wimbledon, 3 US Open, 1 Australian Open)

Global titles: 80

(Photo by Mohammed Elshamy / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

2. Novak Djokovic – $ 115,310,890

Nationality: Serbian

Grand Slam titles: 13 (6 Australian Open, 4 Wimbledon, 2 US Open, 1 French Open)

Global titles: 70

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1. Roger Federer – $ 117,507,812

Nationality: Swiss

Grand Slam titles: 20 (8 Wimbledon, 5 US Open, 6 Australian Open, 1 French Open)

Global titles: 98

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If Williams wins this year's US Open Championship, she will be tied with Margaret Court with most of the titles of all players.

This year's Open also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Junior Tennis League, founded by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder.

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