Serena Williams has acknowledged a number of greetings from various tennis greats, pundits, fellow pros for her commanding skills on the court. But, this time it was something extraordinary, as she acquired praises from none other than - Martina Navratilova.
Regarded as the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who has ever lived, Navratilova, backed the American veteran to clinch a few more Grand Slam titles. "She’s 32 now — her body failed her a little bit this week, apparently she had some issues with her back." Navratilova was quoted by the Melbourne Herald Sun.
"But if she stays healthy there’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll go into 20-plus numbers in the Grand Slams. "She is still the biggest competitor out there, the strongest competitor and if she’s healthy, it’s really hard for the other players to compete with her.
The younger generation hasn’t quite caught up. "When I was 32, Steffi Graf was number one. She doesn’t have a Steffi Graf nipping at her heels. Although you see the new generation is here now with Garbine Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens...
the competition is catching up to her but she’s still head and shoulders above everybody else. "She’s (Garbine) just got to keep improving, keep getting the experience and work on her game. She’s got all the goods.
She’s got a good head on her shoulders, she wants it, she’s not rushing, she’s developing in her own time and she’s got the body for it." Navratilova seems quite firm on her prediction, backing Serena for the second time, as she had earlier envisaged the American to go beyond 20 major titles.