Chris Evert’s Brave Admission Once About How Serena Williams Would ‘Wipe Her off the Court’ if They Face Each Other: ‘Not Human’

Published 10/05/2022, 7:50 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams of the United States and Chris Evert pose after the women’s singles final match on Day fourteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Wozniacki in two sets by a score of 6-3, 6-3. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Chris Evert is one of the most celebrated tennis players of all time. During her playing days, she was famous for her calm and composed on-court demeanor. Evert was one of the best representatives of women’s tennis back in her heyday on the WTA tour. However, even a woman of her stature doesn’t believe that she has a chance of securing a win against Serena Williams.

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The 18-time Grand Slam champion earlier addressed how her younger self would hold against an in-form Serena Williams. She detailed how their clash would pan out if it were to happen.

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Chris Evert makes a comparison between her style and that of Serena’s

Evert, in a 2015 interview, spoke about how she would perform if her younger self were to lock horns with Williams. “I mean, everything has improved. The physicality, the athleticism, it’s all gotten better,” she said.

Further, she confessed, “I think I would be more of a thoughtful player and would invest more of my talent in strategy and being mentally solid out on court. I don’t know. It’s hard. I think I could do okay on the mental side, but somebody like Serena would just wipe me off the court for sure.”

Serena Williams of the United States looks on prior to her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Petra Martic of Croatia on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Thereafter, the veteran added, “She’s the only one who’s not human. I think if you put Steffi or Martina or Billie Jean or myself or anyone with a champion’s mind in the game today, we could still do well. But I still see Serena overpowering everybody. She’s that good.” 

Williams was riding high on form around that year, as she won three Grand Slam titles. Hence, she was very close to becoming the first player of this generation to secure a Calendar Grand Slam.

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The former World no.1 started with the Australian Open and after thrashing Maria Sharapova in the final there, she claimed her third French Open and sixth Wimbledon title. Further, she made it to the semifinals of the US Open as well.

A major health scare that Serena Williams overcame

The 23-time Grand Slam champion dealt with a deadly health issue in 2011. She made a comeback after staying in the sidelines for a year because of an emergency lung surgery. Williams suffered from pulmonary embolism and wasn’t aware of it. She believed it to be the result of her slacking during training and started focusing more on her game.

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Although after the surgery, things slowly returned to normal, she did lose her grip and had to start from square one. She also faced a similar health issue immediately after giving birth in 2017.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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