In a match between Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who has a higher chance of winning?
This is what’s known as a Battle of the Sexes.In 1973, a retired 55-year-old Bobby Riggs defeated the imperious Margaret Court 6–2, 6–1. She was ranked #1 at the time, and decided that he was rude to women and needed to be taught a lesson. Unfortunately, Riggs won the match and was paraded about Sports Illustrated and Time magazines.Bille Jean King asked for a rematch. Riggs accepted and lost in a best-of-5 match in 3 sets. That was a long retired, alcoholic smoker who challenged the 2 best players of the time to a tennis match.Later, Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova had a match. Navratilova was allowed to hit the doubles alleys and Connors was allowed only 1 serve. Connors won 7–5, 6–2.Finally, in 1998, Karsten Brasch challenged the Williams sisters after they stated they could defeat any men’s player ranked outside the top 200. Ranked 203, Brasch challenged them. They accepted. Brasch then beat them both handily, despite being a heavy drinker and smoker. He won 6–1 and 6–2. The sisters then claimed, after the loss, that they could beat any man ranked outside the world’s top 350. Brasch disagreed- saying “500 and above, no chance.”All this is to say, Federer is the greatest men’s tennis player ever. He isn’t anything like Riggs or Brasch- he has some of the best training regiments that anyone could ask for. His strokes are imperious and he hits powerfully. Williams was unable to beat Brasch- or even make it competitive. How on earth would she fare against Roger Federer?My guess is she’d be very lucky to win a game in best of 5, and she’d probably win less than 20 points.
How would Serena Williams do against Roger Federer in their prime?
Unlikely to be competitive. In a word: the serve. Even when you are talking about Serena, the serve is still a factor. As late as this year's Wimb semi, Fed came up with a nasty kicker that went right into Murray's body and forced a very weak forehand return from him which Fed promptly disposed. How many times have you seen that kind of serve from Serena? Fed didn't get broken in the entire match against Murray in a very hard fought, tense game. Serena DFs even when she plays a first time finalist like Muguruza. So the serve alone would make a huge difference, not to mention Fed's movement, variety, et al.
Serena Williams v Nadal/Federer/Djokovic, would she stand a chance?
Oh gosh. This is basically a baiting question so that people can jump on all the “misogynistic sexists”, but I’ll bite anyway.Serena would not win a game. The only points she would win is unforced errors from Nadal, Fed, or Djoker. And it’s unlikely they would make many, because the points would be over so quickly. Serena is incredible. Probably the best women’s player to ever play the game. That does not mean she could even hang with the 3 best men’s players to ever play the game. Men’s tennis players are faster and stronger. They hit harder and with more angle. They can get to shots that women can’t, and they can hit with spin that women aren’t used to handling (because other women don’t hit with said spin). This is not misogyny, it’s fact.For example, Serena’s hardest serve ever hit in her entire career is 129 mph. And that’s her fastest serve ever. Averages are in the low 110s. All three of the ones you mentioned (even Nadal, who doesn’t use his serve as a weapon) have clocked well above 130 mph. Federer and Djokovic can get above 130 regularly. Nadal gets in the mid-120s regularly.If nothing has convinced you yet, let’s just look at pure observable evidence. When Venus and Serena were young (true, not in their primes yet), they boasted that they could beat any male player outside of the Top 200. Someone named Karsten Braasch actually took the bait. He was ranked just outside of the Top 200 (203, if memory serves correctly). After downing two beers and playing a round of golf, he showed up to play each Williams sister in a single set, first to 6 games. What then transpired was rather embarrassing for the young Williams sisters. He won the two matches 6–1 and 6–2……while smoking during changeovers. After the match, he said he played like someone ranked 500 to make it more fun. Whether you believe that or not, the fact remains that Serena got obliterated by a guy who didn’t give a crap and was not anywhere near the upper echelon of men’s tennis. The three you mentioned are three of the, if not the three, best players of all time. She would get embarrassed.
Could Serena Williams beat her male counterpart in a game of tennis?
Yes, I can see Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer winning the match.About controversial statements like “she would be ranked ___ in the ATPAs a casual player, I’d be ranked in the 6Billionth area, so she’s still in God mode territory as far as I’m concerned.When I watch Serena play, there’s a lot that I can try to learn and yet I’ll never be close to 1/10 her level. But I love tennis and cannot help but try … gotta work on that kick serve!If Serena played a match against me, it would be 6 0 6 0 6 0 - A win for Serena. Also, I would have zero winners. Okay maybe one or two lucky ones if she’s feeling nice but I doubt it. I really believe there’s a almost insurmountable talent gap beteeen pro players and fans like me.These questions sometimes make make me feel like there’s an effort to diminish the value of the WTA. Women’s sports is really important. We should want women to feel that they have an equal opportunity and chance to be the champions of sport as well, and Serena (in spite of recent conteoversy!) is someone to look up to in that regard.Not saying this was the angle behind this question I just want to support the WTA because I love Tennis and believe that the WTA is a part of that too.If anyone feels that Serena or her fans are trying to take away/diminish the accomplishments of say Federer, Djokovic, or Nadal - I don’t think anyone doubts the greatness of the big 3. Their place in history is etched in stone. Serena should have a spot as well, she’s a champion and an ambassador - even if she might not beat Federer in a match!
What do you think of the Spike Lee's comment, that Williams sisters could beat any male player of the top 100?
My friend, I've never liked Spike Lee or his movies at all. And his comments are often outrageous and yes, racist. As far as this comment goes, it does not surprise me at all and more than likely again, racially motivated or at least it seems. Navratilova was the greatest womans tennis player of all time but there is no way she could beat Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, or John McEnroe to name a few and the Williams sisters could not beat the best men on a consistent basis anyway either. Yes Billie Jean King beat an old man in Bobby Griggs years ago on a bet but that was like beating your grandfather. Now back to Spike Lee, his words and actions speak for themselves. I thought he was a jerk 10 -15 years ago and my opinion has yet to change.
Is it sexist that I think that Roger Federer is the best tennis player ever while Serena has won more Grand Slams?
Roger Federer and Serena Williams play different sports.Roger plays men’s tennis and Serena plays women’s tennis. They’re played separately for a reason: if both men and women played in the same category, no woman would ever break the top 100/200.That’s not to take anything away from women. They’re built that way naturally. Men are always going to be, on average, faster and stronger than women. Take any sport, and you’ll find evidence for it.Here’s what happened to Serena Williams when she played a 203 ranked male tennis professional -No. 203 sweeps WilliamsAt the height of the Williams boom in 1998, an unofficial game took place in Australia after Serena and Venus claimed that no male player outside the top 200 could beat them.Up stepped a German known as Karsten Braasch who was ranked 203rd in the world and after first beating Serena 6-1, he then disposed of Venus 6-2."I didn't know it would be that difficult. I played shots that would have been winners on the women's circuit and he got to them very easily," said Serena."They wouldn't have had a chance against anyone inside the top 500 because today I played like someone ranked 600th to keep it fun," was Braasch's assessment.In most sports, the men’s section is way stronger than the women’s section. No shame in that. Comparison between both is futile. Apples and oranges.
Why can't I find a video of Karsten Braasch vs. the Williams sisters?
I have looked for video, but to no avail. I wish they hadn't made the challenge, as both girls were nowhere near their peak ability as players, yet forever people will never believe they could have beaten the men at tennis. I do believe, minus the guys serves, Serena could play ATP players, as ridiculous as it sounds. The women are too easy for her.