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Despite winning a record 23 Grand Slam titles, a recent UK YouGov poll found that 12% of men believe they could win a point against Serena Williams in tennis. However, experts say the average man’s only chance would be if Williams missed twice, as her serves can reach speeds of 128mph. Three percent of women surveyed thought they could take a point from Williams. The article also highlights some of Williams’ impressive achievements, such as winning six US Open titles and winning a Grand Slam while eight weeks pregnant.

Without a doubt, Serena Williams is one of the best tennis players in history, having won a record 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, as well as breaking or tying a seemingly endless number of other records. Yet despite her successes, Williams apparently isn’t all that impressive to many men. According to a recent YouGov poll in the UK, 12% of men said they thought they could win at least a point in a game against Williams. Experts tend to agree that the average man’s only reasonable chance of winning a point against the tennis champion would be if she misses twice. Otherwise, you’d need to be a fairly high-level player capable of handling things like a 128mph (206km/h) serve. As sportswriter Chris Bowers told The Guardian: “…there has to be some degree of disappointment between the people who answer this survey”. For what it’s worth, three percent of women surveyed thought they could take a point away from Serena Williams.

Serena the superstar:

Only Chris Evert has won as many US Open titles in the Open Era as Williams: six.
When Williams won her record seventh title at the Australian Open in 2017, she was eight weeks pregnant.
Serena Williams and her sister, Venus, have won all 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles finals they’ve played together.

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