Tennis: Venus Williams ninth woman to bag 700 victories, with win at Wuhan Open

Venus Williams of the US celebrates her 700th career win after beating Julia Goerges of Germany in their women's singles match on day two of the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, China's Hubei province on Sept 29, 2015.
Venus Williams of the US celebrates her 700th career win after beating Julia Goerges of Germany in their women's singles match on day two of the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, China's Hubei province on Sept 29, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Former world No. 1 Venus Williams claimed the 700th win of her career on Tuesday, beating Germany's Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Wuhan Open in China.

The 35-year-old American became the ninth woman to chalk up 700 victories since tennis turned professional in 1968.

But she still has a long way to go to catch all-time leader Martina Navratilova (1,442).

"I'm glad nobody told me before, I would have been a little bit nervous," Williams said.

"It was a good match, she's a quality player."