“She wasn’t fortunate enough to have…” – Martina Navratilova on an open show of what Serena Williams has lacked in her tennis career


Recently retired, Serena Williams has dominated the tennis court for nearly 25 years since her debut in 1995. Many believe that she has not had a great competitor in her career for a longer period of time due to her immense dominance.

Back in 2021, Martina Navratilova spoke about one thing Serena has been lacking in her career, and it’s a longtime rival. Notably, Navratilova took on the great Chris Evert as her rival on the tennis court, with whom they struggled for more than 15 years and had 80 matches against each other.

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Martina Navratilova talks about Serena Williams’ rivals

in a podcast an interview In 2021, Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam winner, spoke of Serena having only Justin Henin and Venus Williams as suitable competitors for her on the tennis court. I think the closest Justine Henin would be the closest contender, and of course her sister Venus. But she didn’t really, she wasn’t fortunate enough to have Chris, you know, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Navratilova said.

Then she took the name Victoria Azarenka and said: There were a lot of protesters. Azarenka seemed to be heading in that direction. But then it faded away. Then she got pregnant and got pregnant and then got pregnant. And then she has never defeated her in an Open Championship two years ago. But that’s it. Well, Venus and Justin, that’s it.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 7: Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams of the United States, and Chris Evert after the women’s singles final on day 14 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King on September 7, 2014 in Flushing District Queens, New York City. Williams defeated Wozniacki in two sets 6-3 6-3. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Serena had competitions with the likes Maria SharapovaJustin Henin and Venus Williams. However, it was a dominant force in all of those competitions. She had an 18-2 head-to-head record against Sharapova. Against her sister Venus, she won 18 matches and lost 12. Only Henin came close to her level and went to meet her. Serena had 8-6 The record of the confrontation against the Belgian tennis player.

until Azarenka She had no chance because she only won five times and lost 18 times. Navratilova used to remember Chris Evert’s name, like Serena She had no one like her to push her over the limit. Notably, Navratilova and Evert had one of the greatest rivalries in tennis, if not the biggest.

Navratilova vs Evert rivalry

As mentioned earlier, Navratilova He faced Evert in 80 matches in 15 years. At first, Navratilova could hardly win anything against the American tennis player, as Evert was very dominant.

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However, Navratilova became determined to win. Therefore, she changed her diet and physical training to become more fit. From 1980 onwards, Navratilova became a truly dominant force, with Evert finding it difficult to defeat the former Czech-American player. Before Evert retired from tennis in 1989, Navratilova had a 43-37 Record head-to-head matches against her archenemy Evert.

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Despite their rivalry, they were really close friends outside of the tennis court. It is worth noting that Evert and Navratilova each won the same number of Grand Slam singles titles, i.e. 18.

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