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Tennis: Margaret Court defends her exploits against those of Serena Williams

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Australian Margaret Court feels she isn’t getting all the credit the tennis world deserves for her 24 Grand Slam titles and that Serena Williams isn’t giving her the same admiration she does for the American.

Williams – who holds 23 major titles, one less than the Court record she achieved between 1960 and 1973 – has been touted by many as the greatest tennis player of all time in what appeared to be her last round of runway at Flushing Meadows, having recently mentioned it was ready to move on. Williams, who will turn 41 later in September, was knocked out of the US Open in the third round by Alja Tomljanovic on Friday night in a game in which she saved five match points by prolonging a battle for more than three hours.

“Serena, I admired her as a player, but I don’t think she ever admired me,” Court told the British outlet. Daily telegraph in a rare interview.

The 80-year-old Court said she became persona non grata in the tennis world due to her Christian beliefs, which led her to oppose same-sex marriage when it was proposed in Australia.

“A lot of the media today, especially in tennis, don’t want to mention my name,” Court said. I have not received any honor for what I have done. In my country I have been given titles, but they [les médias] I still prefer not to talk about me. “

Court also defended his successes against the notion that they would not be comparable to Williams’ results because he played mostly in the amateur era.

“Serena played seven years more than me. I quit when I was thirty. People forget that I took a two-year break. I first retired when I was 25, thinking I would never go back to tennis. “

“I got married, I had a child, but then I had one of my best seasons, winning 24 out of 25 tournaments.”

The court said it maintained a higher record than Williams after the two became mothers during their respective careers.

“I returned after having two children. After the first child, I won three of the four Grand Slams, “Court said, before recalling that” Serena hasn’t won a Grand Slam since she had a child. “

Williams’ last major title was in 2017 at the Australian Open, which she won while eight weeks pregnant. Williams hadn’t lost a single set.

During the interview, Court also attacked the idea that his 11 Australian Open singles titles were worth less than Williams’ seven.

“Sometimes I hear Billie Jean [King] let’s say the players didn’t come to Australia in my early years. But Maria Bueno, the number 1 player in the world, has arrived. Just like Christine Truman, Ann Haydon and Darlene Hard. Australia also had several excellent players. We had five players in the top-10. Lesley Bowrey has won two French Open, “defended the court.

Court also added that he believed a tennis star’s life had been more difficult in his years.

“I would have liked to play in this era. I think it is much easier. I wanted to take my family and friends with me. But I couldn’t. I had to go alone or with the national team. People don’t see it. “

“We didn’t have psychologists or coaches with us. It is a completely different world. This is what disappoints me: that today’s players don’t honor the sport’s past. “

Court said she was disappointed that Williams did not talk about Australian opponent Tomljanovic again after his defeat.

“I think it’s wrong that Williams didn’t talk more about his opponent when he spoke,” Court admitted. We have been taught to honor our opponents. We respected each other. “

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