The German, speaking to Lareus.com, says that as long as Serena Williams is playing, she can win. Serena Williams will turn 39 in September, but that won’t stop her from winning more major titles, if that’s what she wants, says Boris Becker.
Speaking with Lareus, the six-time major champion said that Williams is more than simply a role model, even as she approaches the later stages of her illustrious career.
“Being German, I still think of Steffi Graf as our queen, but Serena is certainly, certainly the greatest,” Becker said, adding that Williams still doesn’t have the numbers in terms of Slam titles to back up those claims. “Margaret Court is the most successful. Having said that, back in the day they played three of the four majors on grass, so it was easier if you’re comfortable on grass to win more.”
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Becker, like many others, believes that if Williams is playing, she’s still a threat to win majors. 38, 39—whatever age.
“I’m sure Serena wants to reach 24, I think that’s the reason she’s playing,” he said. “You know, she’s a role model for all the mothers out there who are professionally involved in sport. As long as she wants to play, I think she can win. So as long as Serena is good enough to reach a final, she’s good enough to win.”