“I’ve seen them all, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert was a machine... Monica Seles, Steffi Graf but I believe we’re watching the greatest female player that’s ever played this game,” McEnroe told the BBC. “It’s an elite, exclusive and an amazing club that she’s part of.”
Lindsay Davenport, the 1999 champion, praised Serena and sister Venus who also has five Wimbledon crowns.
“It all started to go downhill for her two years ago after she won Wimbledon,” said Davenport. “She was fighting last year to regain confidence on court. It’s been a long road and that’s the most emotional I’ve seen her win a Grand Slam.
“Given the way the French Open went for her, a lot of people questioned her nerve, but she held it together well in the final,” she said.