I could be superior than Williamses: Navratilova
Nine-times Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova says she would have fancied her chances against the Williams sisters at the peak of her game.Updated: Jul 05, 2003 17:37 IST
Nine-times Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova says she would have fancied her chances against the Williams sisters at the peak of her game, because she would have pounced on their mistakes.
"Being able to move like I did and hit the ball like I did, I could be the superior player," the Czech-born American wrote in Saturday's Guardian newspaper.
"They both hit big balls, but go for so much that they make a lot of errors," Navratilova, 46, said. "They don't like playing people who run well and retrieve well...I was good at fetching the ball too and would have matched up just fine."
Navratilova said the game was more difficult in the 1970s and 80s when she was at her best, as the racket heads used then were smaller and the frame made of wood, making them less powerful.
Venus and Serena Williams dominate the women's game today just as Navratilova did in the 1980s and Steffi Graf in the 1990s.
They face each other later on Saturday in the women's singles final. Serena, 21, beat Venus, 23, in the final last year, but Venus won in 2000 and 2001.
Navratilova, who has reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles this year with Indian partner Leander Paes, is aiming to equal the record of 20 Wimbledon titles in all events held since 1979 by Billie Jean King.
If she and Paes win the mixed doubles final on Sunday, she will become Wimbledon's oldest champion.
"On a given day, Serena could have over-powered me as she could anyone, but that's at her best," Navratilova said. "I think my average against her average would be better because I missed less," she added.
She predicted Serena would win the singles title again this year.
"Serena is serving better than Venus, missing fewer shots and seems in better shape physically. So I would have to go for her today.
"But I would love to be out there myself, giving them a run for their money."
First Published: Jul 05, 2003 17:37 IST