Serena Williams is the GOAT of women's tennis, although she has not matched Margaret Smith, yet, no tennis player, from the past, present and (probably) the future, will be able to achieve everything the American has in her amazing career.
Competitive over three decades, she has won everything a tennis player can win, including women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles, confronting several generations of tennis players, winning against them all.
However, although the opportunities are increasingly rare and rare - if there were still some opportunities left - being able to take the record away from Margaret Smith would be a great achievement. Not only sporting, but also a victory against what the former Australian tennis player represents, and her harsh stances against outing, which she considered an abomination in the eyes of God.
Serena Williams is the GOAT, but if she can wipe out Smith's record...
For some time now, numerous tennis players and fans have been pressing for the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena to be renamed in honor of Evonne Goolagong, the four-time champion in Melbourne.
Last January, on the occasion of Australia Day, Margaret was awarded the title Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Daniel Andrews, current Premier of the State of Victoria, said: "I am not the one presenting these awards.
It is not my problem, but of others. You should talk to them if you want to know why these ideas - disrespectful, painful and that cost human lives - must be rewarded. I don't want to give any space to this person's shameful and bigoted ideas.
victories in Grand Slam tournaments do not entitle you to spew hatred and create divisions." Just to make it clear why many would like Smith not to be recognized as the most successful ever. But in sport the numbers and records speak and, currently, although there is no doubt that Serena Williams is the GOAT, the numbers say that the American is behind the Australian.
Can Serena make it before she retires? Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou after Wimbledon said: "I don't think this is Serena Williams' last Wimbledon but I can't afford to answer for her. What she has done in her career is incredible, but I do not know if this is her last Wimbledon of hers, it is a situation that depends on many things.
Of course we are all aware that Serena is approaching the end of her career. I consider you have the same chances at both the US Open and Wimbledon, I think you can have a say in the United States too." Time is short and opportunities even fewer, Serena is called to the last great effort of her career. For itself first of all.