Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova doesn't want to call herself the GOAT or anything like that she feels that comparing eras is "just silly." On Twitter, a tennis fan gave arguments for why he feels it is Navratilova and not Serena Williams, that deserves to be declared as the greatest of all time.
“You could be right on that, I don’t know.
let me introduce you to someone named Martina Navratilova, the real GOAT:
Navratilova vs Serena:
singles slams: 18 vs 23 ( 22% less), but...
doubles slams: 31 vs 14 (121% more!)
singles titles: 167 vs 73 (128% more!!)
doubles titles: 177 vs 23 (670% more!!!) — प्रोग्रामर (@polyglotme) August 19, 2022
I think it is human nature to think what we have now is the best, period. Comparing eras is just silly IMO. If Carlos Alcaraz were born 50 years earlier, he would not have played the same way he plays now. But thank you in any case:),” Navratilova wrote in response.
You could be right on that, I don’t know. I think it is human nature to think what we have now is the best, period. Comparing eras is just silly IMO. If Alcaraz were born 50 years earlier, he would not have played the same way he plays now.
But thank you in any case:) — Martina Navratilova (@Martina) September 19, 2022
Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo picked Navratilova over Williams
Before Williams' final tournament, ESPN sports analyst Chris "Mad Dog" Ruso explained why it's Navratilova that deserves to be called the tennis GOAT.
"Serena, in this period of her dominance which has been remarkable, there has never been a top 10 player in historical purposes who she has gone up against. Venus is not a top-10 all-time player. Remember, Martina lost eight Grand Slam finals to all-time great players, she lost two to Graf, one to (Monica) Seles, she lost four to Chris Evert, and one to Tracy Austin.
Her period of tennis in the 80s, in my opinion, from a women's tennis standpoint, was much deeper and much better than who Serena's been able to beat in the last 20 years. Serena is great and it's debatable. You want to put her number 1? You can debate it and no problem," Russo said.
One of Williams' biggest goals was to finish her career with the all-time Grand Slam record. Williams, who captured her 23rd Grand Slam in 2017, lost her last four Grand Slam finals. Because of that, Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams remains unbeaten.