US Open: ‘I don’t think Serena Williams has ever admired me’ – Margaret Court speaks out

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Williams,
widely
considered
one
of
the
greatest
sportspeople
of
all
time,
stepped
away
from
top-level
tennis
following
defeat
to
Ajla
Tomljanovic
in
the
third
round
of
the
US
Open.

Although
her
time
on
tour
now
looks
to
be
over,
the
40-year-old
admitted
“you
never
know”
when
asked
about
future
appearances,
but
a
U-turn
is
widely
considered
to
be
highly
improbable.

Williams
is
bowing
out
with
23
grand
slam
singles
wins

one
fewer
than
record
holder
Court.

Court,
80,
is
a
Pentecostal
church
pastor
now
and
has
been
criticised
in
recent
years
for
comments
about
race,
homosexuality
and
the
transgender
community.

She
was
blunt
when
asked
about
her
feelings
on
Williams,
telling
the
Telegraph:
“Serena,
I’ve
admired
her
as
a
player.
But
I
don’t
think
she
has
ever
admired
me.”

Court
won
her
grand
slam
singles
titles
between
1960
and
1973,
and
the
Australian
believes
players
in
the
modern
era
have
it
much
easier
than
she
did
during
her
remarkable
career.

“I
would
love
to
have
played
in
this
era;
I
think
it’s
so
much
easier,”
she
said.
“How
I
would
love
to
have
taken
family
or
friends
along
with
me.
But
I
couldn’t,
I
had
to
go
on
my
own
or
with
the
national
team.

“People
don’t
see
all
that.
As
amateurs,
we
had
to
play
every
week,
because
we
didn’t
have
any
money.
Now,
they
can
take
off
whenever
they
want,
fly
back
whenever
they
want.

“We
would
be
away
for
10
months.
That’s
why
I
first
retired
in
1965,
because
I
used
to
get
homesick.
You
might
be
with
the
odd
other
person,
but
it’s
not
like
having
your
family
there.

“We
didn’t
have
psychologists
or
coaches
with
us.
It’s
a
whole
different
world.
That’s
what
disappoints
me;
that
players
today
don’t
honour
the
past
of
the
game.”

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