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'Delusional': One in eight men believe they could win a point against Serena Williams

According to a recent YouGov poll, 12 per cent of men believe they could take a point off the 23-time grand slam champion compared to just three per cent of women

Serena Williams lost the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep on Saturday, 6-2, 6-2. EPA
Serena Williams lost the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep on Saturday, 6-2, 6-2. EPA

Twelve per cent of men believe they could take a point off 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams, according to a recent YouGov poll.

Williams came up short of equalling Margret Court's Open era record on Saturday when she lost the Wimbledon women's final 6-2, 6-2 to Simona Halep in under an hour.

The 37-year-old American is widely considered one of the greatest players - male or female - to ever step on court, yet according to a YouGov poll, one in eight men who answered think they would score a point off her.

By comparison, just three per cent of women among the 1,732 British adults polled felt confident they could do the same.

Survey respondents were asked: "Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams?"

The response on social media has described those men who answered "yes" as "delusional", "ridiculous", and "embarrassing".

To be fair, anyone facing Williams would get at least 48 bites at the cherry to take a point off her. She could double fault, trip over an untied shoe lace trying to return a ball or make an unforced error.

Williams has been outspoken in the past in the fight to see women's tennis given parity with the men's game.

During this year's Wimbledon, Williams said women’s matches "aren’t pushed as much as the men’s matches to be on the marquee courts" and called for "equality" in tennis.

Updated: July 14, 2019 10:38 AM

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