Australian tennis legend Margaret Court acknowledged that Serena Williams played for several years longer than her and also seemed to suggest that she has achieved more than the American. Court captured 64 Grand Slam titles throughout her career: 24 in singles, 19 in women’s doubles and 21 in mixed doubles.
But 11 of Court’s 24 Grand Slam singles were won before the Open Era. After giving birth in 1972, Court returned the following year and won three Grand Slams. Williams, who captured a total of 39 Grand Slam titles (23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles and two in mixed doubles), did not win a Grand Slam after becoming a mother.
«The 64, I don’t think anyone will ever touch it,» Court told The Daily Telegraph. “Serena has played seven years longer than me. I finished at 30 years old. People forget that I took two years off.
I first retired as Ash Barty when I was 25 years old, thinking I would never return to tennis. I got married, had a baby, but then I had one of my best years, winning 24 out of 25 tournaments. I came back after two babies. After having the first baby, I won three of the four Slams.
Serena hasn’t won a Slam since [she gave birth]”.
Court: I admire Williams, but she does not admire me
“Serena, I have admired her as a player,” Court said. «But I don’t think she ever looked up to me.»
In addition, Court expressed that he feels that the current era is «much easier». . “I would love to have played at this time. I think it’s much easier,” she said. “How I would have liked to take family or friends with me.
But I could not. He had to go alone or with the team. People don’t see all that. We had no psychologists or coaches with us. It is a completely different world. That’s what disappoints me, that today’s players don’t honor the game’s past.»