Margaret Court: "I don't think Serena Williams has ever admired me"
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One of the reasons why Serena Williams faced a long period of rehabilitation and returned to the court this year bears the name and surname of Margaret Court. In fact, the former Australian champion holds the record for Grand Slams won, she has won 24 in singles, just to the detriment of the American legend.
Serena Williams played her last career game last Saturday at the Us Open and has always chased Margaret Court in this special ranking. The American never hid her ambitions of hers, but she had to deal with history and pressure.
Williams, after winning her 23rd major in 2017 at the Australian Open, lost four consecutive Grand Slam finals without taking home a single set in the next two seasons. The pandemic and her physical problems then prevented her from competing to her fullest extent between 2020 and 2022.
Margaret Court on Serena: "I don't think she ever admired me"
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Margaret Court talked about her about her relationship with Serena Williams without mincing words.
"I admired Serena as a player. But I don't think she ever admired me. Serena played seven years older than me. I stopped playing shortly after I turned 30. People forget that I stopped for two years. I first retired when I was 25 thinking about going back to playing tennis again.
I got married and had a baby, but then I played my best seasons by winning 24 out of 25 tournaments. I returned to play after having two children. After becoming a mother, I won three out of four Grand Slams. Serena hasn't won any major since she had a baby girl." Serena Williams fought to the last point in the challenge she wrote to end her career. Ajla Tomljanovic has put an end to her journey in Flushing Meadows.