‘Pretty Fast in My Day’ – A Confident Martina Navratilova’s Befitting Statement About a Possible Face-off With Serena Williams

Published 08/28/2022, 8:50 AM EDT
Serena Williams is applauded by Martina Navratilova after beating Lucie Safarova in the women’s singles final on day fourteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 6th, 2015 in Paris, France

During Martina Navratilova’s active years, some of the most dominant players ruled Women’s tennis. Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, and, of course, Martina Navratilova herself are some names of that time. But, later the game was dominated by the Williams sisters.

Serena Williams has received a lot of praise from the 18-time Grand Slam champion. However, Martina Navratilova once claimed that in her prime form, she could beat Williams.


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Martina Navratilova on how she could beat Serena Williams

The former tennis player, Martina Navratilova once stated that she believes Serena Williams could win all four majors in a single year. The American tennis legend also claimed that she could beat Serena Williams if she wasn’t having a great serving day.

She said, “People ask me if I think I could have beaten Serena. I say to them, do you think I could have beaten Justine Henin? They say yes. I say well, Justine beat Serena, so there’s your answer.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 16: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, speaks during the Australian Open Women In Focus Lunch at M on the Bud on October 16, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Hu Chengwei/Getty Images for Tennis Australia)

Martina went on to explain how she could handle her pace and how Williams finds it difficult to play fast people. “I think I would be able to handle her pace. Serena has a harder time playing people who are fast, and I was pretty fast in my day.”


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She added, “I think I would be able to neutralise her power. If she had an unbelievable serving day, nobody beats her. Without a great serving day, though, I think I might be in good shape.”


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Navratilova’s charitable efforts

The Czech-American player actively participates in missions for the welfare of society. On several public platforms, she has spoken out in support of gay rights. As a result, she was bestowed with National Equality Award from Human Rights Campaign in the year 2000.

ZAPOPAN, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 08: WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova attends the Official Draw Ceremony and Gala Evening before the 2021 Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara at Zapopan City Hall on November 08, 2021 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images for WTA)

Navratilova contributes to eight charities, one of which was founded by her on-court rival and best friend, Chris Evert. Furthermore, the former World No. 1 works to improve the lives of underprivileged children as well as animal rights. She has also made public service announcements for PETA.


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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching Rafa Nadal play.

Edited By: Jito Tenson