5 Jul 2010

Serena says she couldn't beat any male player inside the world's top 100

6:47 pm on 5 July 2010

Serena Williams admits she couldn't beat any man in the world tennis' top 100.

Williams made the statement after romping to a fourth Wimbledon title without dropping a single set, an effort that made her the sixth-most successful women's player in history.

Her relatively easy win has again sparked debate over equal prize money at the sport's four major tournaments.

While Williams pocketed a cheque for just over two-million-dollars for eight hours, 11 minutes work men's first-round loser Nicolas Mahut departed with a cheque for 25-thosuand-dollars despite playing more games and spending longer time on court in one match than the women's world No.1 did in the entire tournament.

Williams accepts she'd only stand a chance against someone well outside the top 100.

She and her sister Venus were both thrashed by Germany's world No.203 Karsten Braasch at the Australian Open in 1998 while trying to prove they could beat any man outside the top 200.

Twelve years and 13 major titles later and Serena says she still couldn't beat any player to make a men's grand slam main draw.