Serena Williams is one of the most successful tennis players of all time but some men still believe they could match the grand slam champion on court, a survey has suggested.
According to a YouGov poll, around one in 10 men (12 per cent) think they could win a point off the 23-time grand slam winner.
Just 3 per cent of women among the 1,732 British adults polled feel confident of securing a point against Williams.
Survey respondents were asked: “Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams?”
Two years ago, female players backed Williams in the row over whether women tennis players could compete with the men’s game.
Ex-player and commentator John McEnroe claimed Williams would barely scrape the top 700 on the men’s tour.
At Wimbledon this year Williams has addressed the challenges female tennis players face.
She argued that “women’s matches aren’t pushed as much as the men’s matches to be on the marquee courts” and called for “equality” in tennis.
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