Tennis Legend, Margaret Court Responds To Serena Williams

Tennis Legend, Margaret Court Responds To Serena Williams

Margaret Court, a tennis superstar, has spoken out regarding the ‘GOAT’ controversy with the recently retired Serena Williams, alleging the American player has ‘never admired her.’

The 80-year-old, who now holds the record for the most Grand Slam victories, is regarded as the greatest female player of all time (GOAT) after amassing 24 slams and 192 trophies overall throughout a glorious career.

Williams retired one slam short of Court’s record, but she insisted that she had “already broken the record” in the run-up to the US Open by pointing out that 13 of Court’s victories had occurred during the amateur period.

Given that several of Court’s Slams were won prior to the “Open era,” when professionals and amateurs mixed, Williams makes this argument as one of the reasons why she should be regarded as the greatest.

‘There are people who say I’m not the GOAT (greatest of all time) because I didn’t pass Court’s record, which she achieved before the ‘Open era’ that began in 1968,’ Williams told Vogue before the US Open.

Additionally, she said that having her daughter Olympia who is 5 years old ruined her prospects of winning more Grand Slams.

‘The way I see it, I should have had 30-plus grand slams. I had my chances after coming back from giving birth,’ said Williams.

‘I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a grand slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played through postpartum depression.’

The Aussie, who had previously refrained from responding to Williams’ statement, has now publicly addressed it.

‘Serena, I’ve admired her as a player, but I don’t think she has ever admired me,’ Court told the Telegraph.

Court continued by stating that she had kids while playing tennis and would have much loved to compete in this generation.

‘I came back after two babies! ‘After having the first baby, I won three out of the four slams. And Serena hasn’t won a slam since,’ she said.

‘I would love to have played in this era – I think it’s so much easier. As amateurs, we had to play every week, because we didn’t have any money.

‘Now, they can take off whenever they want, fly back whenever they want. We would be away for 10 months. That’s why I first retired in 1965, because I used to get homesick,’ said a defiant Court.

Court has a much better overall record at Major tournaments than Williams does, winning 64 matches to 39 for the duo on the greatest stages in singles, doubles, and mixed.

Like the French Open organizers, the US Open organizers referred to Williams as the “greatest female tennis player of all time” before each of her matches, and Court said they did not extend an invitation to the competition.

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