HTLS 2020: Watching Serena Williams through such a long career has been amazing, says Steffi Graf – htls

Tennis legend Steffi Graf on Thursday opened up on the long-time debate over who’s the very best ever in ladies’s tennis between her and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. Graf, throughout her historic career, gained 22 Grand Slam titles, probably the most by any participant on the time within the Open period , a report which was damaged by Serena when she gained the Australian Open in 2017.

On being requested concerning the debate throughout the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020 by sports activities journalist Ayaz Memon, Graf stated that she is simply comfortable to be recognised for her achievements.

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“I am just happy that I am in that equation. Serena’s accomplishments have been incredible,” Graf stated.

“Watching her through such a long career – it’s amazing. I felt I was ready at 29-30 to retire but seeing her mental toughness and how she is so determined and pushing out there and so eager – that is mesmerising to me.

“In terms of greatest of all, I am so content and happy with the career that I had that it’s not important honestly for me. To be recognised for the career that I had, I cherish it. But life is so far away from tennis at this point that I don’t lose any sleep about something like that,” she added.

On being requested concerning the present state of girls’s tennis and why the Grand Slam winner maintain altering regularly, Graf stated that the brand new expertise that has come up has energised the game.

“On the women’s side, there has been a new crop of young, very energised players. You look at Ashleigh Barty who came a little later to the sport, but is an incredible talent. You see the last tournament, a young Polish player coming through, Swiatek,” she stated.

“They all have a very complete game already but still have a lot of energy. We have quite a few of these young girls around who have energised women’s tennis in the last 3-4 years.

“Serena Williams has been a flag bearer for long, but you have Osaka, Andreescu and all these different players from different countries that have come through and are shining really brightly right now,” she signed off.

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