Serena Williams greatest tennis player ever: Roger Federer

Roger Federer was all praise for Serena Williams and described the American tennis superstar as the “greatest” player to have played the sport.
Serena has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles in women’s singles in Open Era. With her record seventh Australian title in 2017, the 36-year-old Serena moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era.
Margaret Court won 24 majors but collected 13 of those before the Open era.
“She [Serena] had a totally different upbringing – I came up through Switzerland with the federation, she did it with her dad and her sister. It’s an amazing story unto itself – and then she became one of the greatest, if not the greatest tennis player of all time,” Federer told Wall Street Journal in an interview.
Federer went on to clarify when asked if he meant greatest women player or overall.
“Overall,” Federer said.
Apart from her 23 singles Grand Slam titles, Serena has also racked up 14 crowns in women’s doubles and two in mixed doubles. She has also won four Olympics gold medals — doubles in 2000, doubles in 2008, singles and doubles in 2012.
The American has also lifted the WTA Tour Finals title 5 times.
“We know [Serena] is all the way up there. I’m probably up there with somebody, somehow. Maybe there’s a group, a best of five – and if you’re in that group, you should be pleased and happy. Tennis is a funky sport when it comes to that stuff,” Federer said.
“I’m in full admiration of Serena. And Venus, too, by the way. It’s incredible they’re all still at it. Rafa’s still playing, I’m still playing, Serena and Venus are still playing-and it seems like they love it more than ever,” he added.
Serena, who was blessed with a baby girl in September last year, returned to the court in March after almost 13 months but is yet to win a title this year.
She will be seen in action at the second Grand Slam at the French Open starting Monday.