Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova in the US Open opening night matchup

Serena Williams is one step closer to winning her personal record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title in New York City.

Williams, back on the court from a minor back injury in Canada, played against her longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the women's singles first round at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The two played an intense back-and-forth game with Sharapova gaining the advantage at one point. Ultimately, Williams edged out her opponent for the win. 

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30. Goran Ivanisevic — $19,878,007

Nationality: Croatian

Grand Slam titles: 1 (Wimbledon)

Overall 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)

Overall titles: 41

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

28. Andy Roddick — $20,640,030

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 1 (US Open)

Overall titles: 32

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

27. Lleyton Hewitt — $20,849,000

Nationality: Australian

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

Overall titles: 30

(Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

26. Justine Henin — $20,863,335

Nationality: Belgian

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

Overall titles: 43

(REUTERS/Toby Melville)

25. Ivan Lendl — $21,262,417

Nationality: Czech and American

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

Overall 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)

Overall titles: 167

(Action Images / Paul Childs)

23. Steffi Graf — $21,895,277

Nationality: German

Grand Slam titles: 22 (7 Wimbledon, 6 French Open, 5 US Open, 4 Australian Open)

Overall 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)

Overall titles: 55

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

21. Yevgeny Kafelnikov — $23,883,797

Nationality: Russian

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

Overall titles: 26

(Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

20. Svetlana Kuznetsova — $24,484,712

Nationality: Russian

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

Overall titles: 18

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

19. Kim Clijsters — $24,442,340

Nationality: Belgian

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

Overall titles: 41

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18. Martina Hingis — $24,749,074

Nationality: Swiss

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

Overall titles: 43

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

17. Boris Becker — $25,080,956

Nationality: German

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

Overall titles: 49

(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

16. Petra Kvitová — $26,983,358

Nationality: Czech

Grand Slam titles: 2 (2 Wimbledon)

Overall titles: 25

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15. Agnieszka Radwańska — $27,626,407

Nationality: Polish

Grand Slam titles: 0

Overall titles: 20

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

14. Tomas Berdych — $28,931,999

Nationality: Czech

Grand Slam titles: 0

Overall titles: 13

(Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

13. Victoria Azarenka — $29,088,041

Nationality: Belarusian

Grand Slam titles: 2 (2 Australian Open)

Overall titles: 20

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

12. Caroline Wozniacki — $30,880,173

Nationality: Danish

Grand Slam titles: 1 (Australian Open)

Overall 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 French Open)

Overall titles: 60

(Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

10. Stan Wawrinka — $31,378,297

Nationality: Swiss

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

Overall titles: 16

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

9. David Ferrer — $31,230,696

Nationality: Spanish

Grand Slam titles: 0

Overall titles: 27

(Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

8. Maria Sharapova — $38,076,119

Nationality: Russian

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

Overall titles: 36

(Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

7. Venus Williams — $40,775,048

Nationality: American

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

Overall titles: 49

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6. Pete Sampras — $43,280,489

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 14 (7 Wimbledon, 5 U.S. Open, 2 Australian Open)

Overall 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)

Overall titles: 45

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

4. Serena Williams — $86,383,301

Nationality: American

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

Overall titles: 72

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3. Rafael Nadal — $102,326,975

Nationality: Spanish

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

Overall 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)

Overall titles: 70

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

1. Roger Federer — $117,507,812

Nationality: Swiss

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

Overall titles: 98

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

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If Williams wins this year's US Open championship, she'll tie with Margaret Court with most titles of any player, ever. 

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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