When she announced her retirement after her loss in the third round at the US Open against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic On Saturday, Serena Williams was celebrated around the world as the GOAT of women’s tennis, the greatest player tennis has ever spawned. Unanimous and legitimate tributes but which have, it seems, scratched the sensitive ear of the Australian Margaret Court who is ahead of the American by a head in the number of Grand Slams won throughout their respective careers (24 titles) .
Could there be a zest of jealousy, even resentment, towards his young 40-year-old challenger in the interview she recently gave to the Daily Telegraph ? This is the question we are entitled to ask ourselves when the woman who dominated the women’s circuit from 1960 to 1973 declares: “Serena, I looked up to her as a player, but I don’t think she ever looked up to me. » The 80-year-old player defends her record, considering it more deserving in her eyes than that of the Floridian: “Serena played seven years older than me. Personally, I finished in my early thirties. »
“I came back after two babies. After my first baby, I won three out of four Slams. And Serena hasn’t won a Major since she had a baby. »
She also reminded her detractors that she had a better track record than Williams after they became mothers: “I came back after two babies. After my first baby, I won three out of four Slams. And Serena hasn’t won a Major since she had a baby. » Court also hit out at claims by those who say his 11 Australian Open singles titles are worth less than Serena Williams’ seven.
Since many years, the veteran feels rejected by tennis lovers because of her Christian beliefs which led her to oppose same-sex marriage, when it was proposed in Australia in 2017, or to declare two years later that transsexuals were a “creation of the devil and not of God”.