Tennis legend Steffi Graf on Thursday opened up on the long-time debate over who’s the most effective ever in ladies’s tennis between her and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. Graf, throughout her historic profession, received 22 Grand Slam titles, essentially the most by any participant on the time within the Open period , a report which was damaged by Serena when she received the Australian Open in 2017.
On being requested concerning the debate in the course of the Hindustan Occasions Management Summit 2020 by sports activities journalist Ayaz Memon, Graf mentioned that she is simply blissful to be recognised for her achievements.
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“I’m simply blissful that I’m in that equation. Serena’s accomplishments have been unbelievable,” Graf mentioned.
“Watching her via such an extended profession – it’s superb. I felt I used to be prepared at 29-30 to retire however seeing her psychological toughness and the way she is so decided and pushing on the market and so keen – that’s mesmerising to me.
“By way of biggest of all, I’m so content material and pleased with the profession that I had that it’s not vital truthfully for me. To be recognised for the profession that I had, I cherish it. However life is so distant from tennis at this level that I don’t lose any sleep about one thing like that,” she added.
On being requested concerning the present state of girls’s tennis and why the Grand Slam winner hold altering continuously, Graf mentioned that the brand new expertise that has come up has energised the game.
“On the ladies’s facet, there was a brand new crop of younger, very energised gamers. You have a look at Ashleigh Barty who got here a little bit later to the game, however is an unbelievable expertise. You see the final match, a younger Polish participant coming via, Swiatek,” she mentioned.
“All of them have a really full sport already however nonetheless have quite a lot of vitality. We’ve fairly a number of of those younger ladies round who’ve energised ladies’s tennis within the final 3-4 years.
“Serena Williams has been a flag bearer for lengthy, however you may have Osaka, Andreescu and all these completely different gamers from completely different international locations which have come via and are shining actually brightly proper now,” she signed off.