Greatest tennis rivalries: Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams

Greatest tennis rivalries: Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams

A bond of family love and honor is now on a test in the tennis circuit. The formidable journey of William Sisters has put the flag of United States high in the skies of tennis world and holds an honorable position in the world tennis circuit.

Imagining a rivalry taking birth from inside the family tied with the blood relation, is itself a contest worth notable in terms of their world class game skills, devotion and solid uncontested career. Facing each other 23 times, goes in favor of Serena Williams who is leading the battle 13-10, and her lead becomes dominant in Grand Slams as she has the pretty one sided lead of 6-2 in her favor.

The thing which makes them unique and uncontesting with others is that they have been mostly facing each other in the Grand Slams which itself is one high achievement and shows the high class skills and repute of both the sisters. Both former world champions are also leading the table in doubles and are seeded no. 1 in double ranks. Venus Williams is leading the numbers in career titles which are 43 as compared to Serena William’s 37 titles. They are both inarguably the best ever female double players in the history.

Greatest tennis rivalries: Ken Rosewall vs. Rod Laver

Greatest tennis rivalries: Ken Rosewall vs. Rod Laver

An Australian rivalry of two great former world no. 1 players, with an unbelievable face to face meeting of a record 141 times, brought an epic victory for Ken Roswall with the lead of  75 -66.

Their rivalry was the trademark of early days of tennis history, with Rosewall turning professional in 1957 and Laver in 1962. And Laver established a unique record of being world number for consecutive seven years in his career.

Both are famous for their sweet friendly rivalry rather than the bitter relation, as both were quiet good friends and another resemblance which makes them friendly rivals are that they both play under the same flag. They both were a long term asset of international tennis circuit as they helped tennis established its foundation.

Rosewall was popular for his powerful backhand, and contrary to that he always lacked in the strong serve, the lack of which he adjusted by his untiring stamina and fast reflections. He was nicknamed as “Muscles” by his circuit players. While Laver was famous with his nick as “The Rocket”, their rivalry was not given applause as of their friendship out of court, given that they were not even recorded by the time of their retirement as to who is leading head to head.

Greatest tennis rivalries: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe

Greatest tennis rivalries: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe

A classic rivalry of ice and fire exists between the two former world number ones; the Swedish Master, Bjorn Borg and the United States legend, John McEnroe. Both of them are two entirely opposite sports personalities, one famous for his cool and emotionless rhythm and the other for his heated temperament and for his harsh conversation during the match.

In the tennis history, two of the greatest ever matches, bloomed in the skies of their rivalry profile. The epic five sets of Wimbledon final of 1980 show the power of Bjorn Borg, and in the same year 5 set U.S Open final victory of John McEnroe was proven to be a true tale of gigantic victory followed by the hungry title seeking battle of revenge which later proved to have the haunted impact on John McEnroe career and eventually forced him to say that; “he never really recovered psychologically, nor could have been able to enjoy his tennis since that victory walked away from his hands”.

With 16 head to head encounters between the Swedish crown and the States genius, a close 9-7 head to head lead of Bjorn Borg, couldn’t be easier to reconcile the myth of the two former World Number Ones.

Greatest tennis rivalries: Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King

Greatest tennis rivalries: Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King

Bobby Riggs, the outrageous and outspoken, deliberately created rivalry between the young and the old back in 1973, in the name of “Battle of sexes”, taunting the female tennis players of their capacity for the level of game, as compared to those of the men playing in that era which was seen as a chance to crush the harshly spoken words of Riggs.

King accepted the challenge of Riggs, to play the first ever regulation match, with the condition of, “winner takes all the money”. The match was ultimately won by King in straight sets, putting a question mark on Riggs as to what was really the need for the challenge, which was initially declined by King.

Though Riggs was in his 50s and retired and King was in her 20s, so it was a pretty one sided match and was proven to be a pretty one sided rivalry too.

The fair contest between them could be in terms of stats of their profile as both played in entirely different eras. Both were seeded world no 1, which shows the high level of professionalism in their time, but the big part is the huge difference in consistent performance and the result which led the king, as an undisputed winner of the contest, who was also the founder of Women’s Tennis Association.

Greatest tennis rivalries: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert

Greatest tennis rivalries: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert

The 15 years rivalry between the greatest female tennis players Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert is considered to be the longest in women’s tennis. Their rivalry became legendary because they met so often in the finals. Navratilova had an ultimate volley and serve whereas Evert had a powerful baseline game plan. Evert and Navratilova played each other 80 times from 1973 to 1988.
 Evert holds the record at the US Open for the record for most wins in the singles competition 101 and she managed to win at least one Grand Slam title each year for 13 consecutive years of her career. 

Navratilova led head-to-head 43-37, including 36-25 finals. Both met each other in 14 Grand Slam finals. Navratilova won the finals 10 out of 14 times. Evert and Navratilova both won the Grand Slams 18 times each. Martina Navratilova holds the open era record for most singles’ titles, 167 and doubles titles 177. She has a record of the longest winning streak in the open era (74 consecutive matches) and three of the six longest winning streaks in the women’s open era. Evert’s career percentage record in singles’ matches of 1,309–146 (90%), is the best of any professional player in tennis history. Some general information about Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova is:

Evert

Navratilova

Date of Birth:

December 21, 1954

October 18, 1956

Country:

United States

United States

Height:

5′ 6″

5 ft 8 inch

Career Singles Titles:

107

167

Career Doubles Titles:

32

177

Career Prize Money:

$8 million

$21 million

Career record (singles):

1309-146

1442-219

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career statistic of famous female tennis player, Chris Evert:

 

Career statistics of famous female tennis player, Martina Navratilova:

Now this is what we call a rivalry. These two players have set such huge benchmarks that no one has been able to reach that mark or even close to it!

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

Greatest tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

One of the most interesting but underrated rivalry was between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. They both were serve and volley players but were opposite in their temperament on the courts. Becker stormed into the world of tennis by being the youngest Wimbledon champion and had a extraordinary serve along with powerful backhand and superb running forehand. He was an entertainer on the court whereas Stefan was a reserved and delicate tennis player and hardly showed any such outrageous emotions on the court. Edberg excelled at playing volleys and had huge kick serve. Due to calm temperament, Edberg showed great sportsmanship and ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ is a testimony to it.

Head-to-head match stats of 35 times of German tennis player Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg has made their rivalry visible to the world of tennis. Becker led the table 25-10 while on the other hand Edberg won three out of four meetings in the biggest test of Grand Slams. Both of them had won the career Grand Slam titles six times each, with both failing short to win the French Open. Also both the players have won the Australian Open two times each, showing rivalry more precisely in terms of title winnings. Here is some general information about the two players:

Edberg

Becker

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

November 22, 1967

Country:

Sweden

Germany

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

49

Career Doubles Titles:

18

15

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

 

Career statistics of famous tennis player Boris Becker:

Career statistics of famous tennis player Stefan Edberg: