Serena Williams may be one of the most successful tennis players of all time – but some men still believe they could match the grand slam champion on court.
According to a YouGov poll, 12 per cent of men think they could score a point off the tennis superstar.
Their brimming confidence – or delusion as described by some – has sent Twitter into overdrive with people either howling with laughter or slating men for not recognising when women are truly talented.
Only 3 per cent of women among the 1,732 British adults polled said they feltl confident of securing a point against Williams.
Survey respondents were asked: “Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams?”
The results sparked a mixture of outrage and laughter on Twitter.
Williams, a 23-time grand slam winner, is on the hunt for a record-equalling 24th grand slam today (Saturday), as she faces Simona Halep in the women’s Wimbledon final.
Two years ago, female players backed Williams in the row over whether women tennis players could compete with the men’s game.
Ex-player and commentator John McEnroe claimed Williams would barely scrape the top 700 on the men’s tour.
At the time, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki said the only player in the men’s game that Williams should be compared against was Roger Federer.
At Wimbledon this year Williams has addressed the challenges female tennis players face.
She argued that “women’s matches aren’t pushed as much as the men’s matches to be on the marquee courts” and called for “equality” in tennis.