Edwin Martinez/Flickr

People are laughing at the 12% of men who think they can beat Serena Williams in tennis 

'Like 80% of men can’t even aim at the toilet properly.'


Sierra Juarez


Posted on Jul 13, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:47 am CDT

Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slams and is ranked number 10 in the world for women’s tennis singles matches. Despite her legacy, she continues to face hurdles like sexism.

A new poll found that about one in eight men surveyed thought they could score a point against the champion.

YouGov, a market research company, surveyed 1,732 people in the U.K. and found that 12% of the men surveyed thought they could beat Williams. An additional 14% of men “didn’t know” if they could score a point against her. In comparison, only 3% of women thought they could win a point off of Williams.

Upon learning of the poll, many joked about the insecure men who thought they could even score a point against a force like Williams.

“I couldn’t even win a point against Serena Williams in Wii Tennis,” one self-aware man quipped.

Others expressed outright disbelief.

Chrissy Teigen, ever the avid Twitter user, also weighed in on the poll.

The polling company released the numbers ahead of Williams’ game on Saturday in the Wimbledon women’s singles final. Despite Williams’ loss on Saturday morning, she continues to be considered one of the best tennis players to ever grace the court.


Got five minutes? We’d love to hear from you. Help shape our journalism and be entered to win an Amazon gift card by filling out our 2019 reader survey.

H/T BuzzFeed News

Share this article
*First Published: Jul 13, 2019, 3:02 pm CDT