Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has picked Serena Williams as the greatest tennis player on the women's side. Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles in her collection but still she doesn't own the all-time Grand Slam record as Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams stays unmatched.
However, some argue that Williams' 23 Grand Slams hold a bigger value and many actually think the American is the one that should be considered as the greatest of all time even without the all-time Grand Slam record.
"Yes, to me she is (on Serena Williams being the GOAT in the women's side)," Bouchard said on the Pardon My Take podcast, per Sportskeeda.
Patrick Mouratoglou on why Williams should be considered as the GOAT
Williams hasn't won a Grand Slam since the 2017 Australian Open.
Last year, renowned tennis coach Mouratoglou explained why Williams should be considered as the greatest tennis player of all-time even without the all-time Grand Slam record. 11 of Court's 23 Grand Slam were won at the Australian Open.
"Margaret Court was playing at a time when three-quarters didn't even go to Australia (for the Australian Open), where tennis was an amateur sport, when the draws were 16 players," Mouratoglou told Eurosport last year.
"I don't mean to disrespect Margaret Court, but it's another era. Yes, it would be better if Serena broke her record but, if she doesn't, she will still be the greatest player of all time. "She brought an athletic dimension that was not there at all, she opened the doors, with her sister Venus, to a whole generation of players because it was a white sport.
"She invented tennis intimidation because she has a presence that makes others fear her. For a very long time, it was impressive”. Meanwhile, Williams hasn't played since Wimbledon. In a recent Instagram post, Williams indicated she plans to play Wimbledon this year.