“She Is the Queen”: Roger Federer Names Serena Williams, Belinda Bencic and Others as His Favorite WTA Players

Published 06/02/2021, 11:17 PM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Serena Williams of the United States speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Roger Federer recently registered his first Grand Slam win in 487 days at Roland-Garros 2021. So, it is fair to say that the Swiss maestro is back on the ATP Tour.

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Interestingly, before coming to Paris, Federer also gave his curious fans some answers in Geneva. One of the many questions was: Who is your favorite WTA player?

In response, the Basel-born did not take much time to answer. Moreover, he did not give one but four women’s names.

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Roger Federer calls Belinda Bencic his best friend on the WTA Tour

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has shared a close relationship with compatriot Belinda Bencic. Therefore, without any surprise, she topped his list of favorite women players.

Fascinatingly, the pair are also the two-time defending champions of the Hopman Cup. Also, Federer is hoping to team up with her at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

“Belinda, obviously. She is my best friend on the women’s tour,” Federer said, “having played all the Hopman Cups with her, she’s been the best partner. Hopefully, we can partner up again at the Olympics.”

Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrate winning the mixed doubles match against Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the Swiss maestro included the current World’s Top 2 players, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, in his list. He put them under the title, “exceptional players.”

Most significantly, Federer could not miss out on the 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams. He even acknowledged her as the tennis queen, similar to the rest of the world.

“We are not going to forget about Serena, obviously. She is the queen, so all good there,” he concluded.

In the 2019 Hopman Cup, Serena and Federer shared a tennis court for the first time. It was and remains one of the most iconic nights in tennis history.

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Serena hails Federer as the best tennis player

A little while ago, at the Italian Open 2021, Serena opened up on Federer’s comeback. Unsurprisingly, she had the kindest words for him.

“I feel like he is the best player of all. Federer is a synopsis of greatness and class, and it is incredible how he changed the game,” Serena said. (Translated by Google Translate).

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

At present, both the 39-year-olds, Federer and Serena, are contesting at the French Open 2021. Incredibly, they both have the same number of Grand Slam wins; however, Serena moved one ahead with her second-round win over Mihaela Buzărnescu.

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Federer will have a chance to level it back at 364 wins. He will face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the second round.

Who will win the next Grand Slam first, Federer or Serena?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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