Serena Williams is not prepared to put a number on the haul of majors she might end up winning after claiming her 23rd title with her Australian Open triumph.Serena, who won her first major at the US Open in 1999, drew level with Graf's tally of 22 at Wimbledon last year and edged ahead of the German with her 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday.
The 35-year-old is now the most prolific women's major singles champion of the open era and sits behind only Australia's Margaret Court (24) on the all-time list.
"It's such a great feeling to have 23. It really feels great," Serena said.
"I've been chasing it for a really long time. It feels like, really long time. When it got on my radar, I knew I had an opportunity to get there, and I'm here. I'm here."It's a great feeling. No better place to do it than Melbourne."
Serena played vintage tennis at Melbourne Park as she chased her seventh Australian Open over the last two weeks, despite missing the back end of last season with a shoulder injury.
On current form, she would have to be an odds-on favourite to add more titles to her remarkable collection this season but says there is no masterplan.
"I never had a number," Serena said. "That's the beauty of it. When I started this journey, I just wanted to win a grand slam. Then I just wanted to win. Every time I step on the court, I want to win.
"It's just really remarkable."
Serena says she is in no great hurry to think about an assault on Court's all-time record.
"One thing I learned in the past is you have to enjoy it," she said. "That's the beauty of winning Australia, you have a few months to relax.
"If you win the French, it's like back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Australia, you have time to enjoy the moment before the next grand slam."
Serena was delighted to learn she will return to world number one in place of Angelique Kerber on Monday, even if her coach Patrick Mouratoglou had kept her in the dark about the possibility.
"That was a bonus. I didn't know actually. It feels good. I like being on top, so I really like that feeling," she said.
"In the beginning of the tournament, I was like, 'If I win, will I be number one?'. (Patrick) said, 'No, no, no'.
"Today on the court when they were like, 'And number one', I was like, 'Whoa, really?'."
For many, Serena long ago settled the discussion over who was the greatest women's tennis player of all time.
Perhaps out of modesty or respect for the players that have gone before, Serena has rarely discussed the matter but she is prepared to accept she was top three.
"I definitely think so," she said. "Between Martina (Navratilova), myself, Steffi Graf, hands down we are leading that conversation."