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Serena: ‘best female athlete of all time’

ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY: Serena Williams in action at the US Open

FORMER TENNIS star Andy Roddick has said that Serena Williams demands more respect. The pair have been lifelong friends and Roddick has suggested that the time is right for Williams to get due recognition for her stellar career.

Williams, who is attempting to win her 22nd career Grand Slam title to tie Steffi Graf for second all-time, which would also give her a true calendar year Grand Slam -- the first since Graf did it in 1988.

With so much history on the line for Williams, Roddick voiced his support for her in an interview with The New York Observer.

Roddick and Williams have known each other since they were eight, said: “To see her come from the 10-year-old with beads in her hair, just to see her become just this complete icon and the best female athlete of all time.

“I love the respect she’s getting this week in the lead-up too. She has the support of an entire country. We threw lots of fits on the court.


PRAISE: Andy Roddick

“I was a [jerk] a lot of the time, and I didn’t get a quarter of the criticism that she ever got. To see her at this moment, and on the precipice of doing something great, and that will be remembered forever, it’s just so cool. I’m so happy for her, and I hope she does it.”

Roddick, who won the US Open in 2003, reflected on their journey together, noting that he faced far less criticism over the years for his outlandish behaviour compared to her.

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