/Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova react to John McEnroe's Serena Williams remarks

Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova react to John McEnroe's Serena Williams remarks

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John McEnroe recently said he thinks Serena Williams would rank around No. 700 if she competed against men.
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Billie Jean King, the only female player to win a “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, said John McEnroe has been clamoring for a match with Serena Williams while speaking on the Boomer & Carton radio show on Thursday.

“He’s been trying to get a match with Serena, OK? He’s been trying for 15 years,” King said.

King came to McEnroe’s defense — to a degree — when discussing his controversial comments suggesting Williams, perhaps the greatest women’s player of all-time, would be ranked No. 700 on the men’s tour. King pointed out the fact that McEnroe was just answering honestly, and felt the problem lied with more women’s greats not being asked the same question as frequently.

“We never said we’re better than the guys in any way,” King said. “I think she’d be better than 700. But, the best women cannot beat the best men … ever. So we never argued that.

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