One in Eight Men Think They Could Score a Point Off Serena Williams

A recent YouGov poll suggests 12 percent of men, or about one in eight, think they could score a point off Serena Williams.

The poll, conducted of 1,732 adults in the UK on Friday, revealed that only 3 percent of women thought they could get one past the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

Responses to the informal poll were mostly humorous: "Oh to have the confidence of a mediocre white man," tweeted one reader.

"If she trips and falls, maybe," another joked.

"It's the same 1 in 8 men who reckon they could outplay Megan Rapinoe in a wee game of 5 a side," tweeted another.

Currently competing at Wimbledon, the 37-year-old Williams beat Barbora Strycova on Thursday and is now one win away from her 24th Grand Slam, tying her with Australian legend Margaret Court.

On Saturday, Williams will go up against Simona Halep, who's ranked number one globally but who has yet to win a Wimbledon title.

"I feel stronger mentally facing [Serena]," Halep told the BBC. "We will see what is going to happen."

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Serena Williams plays a backhand in her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Barbora Strycova during Day Ten of Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on on July 11, 2019. Shi Tang/Getty Images

FiveThirtyEight thinks Williams has her work cut out with her to fend off the 27-year-old Halep: "She's great at receiving serves and, at times, pouncing on them, too. Halep has won 53 percent of return points — and that includes first and second serves. Williams, known as an all-time returner, has won 43 percent."

Williams entered Wimbledon as the 11th seed, and took down Giulia Gatto-Monticone, Kaja Juvan, Julia Görges, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Alison Riske on her way to the finals.

She also played mixed doubles for the first time since her teen years, partnering with two-time Wimbledon champ Andy Murray. "SerAndy," however, was defeated by top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 on Wednesday.

The sports icon joked this week that maybe its time to retire: Learning Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook was stepping down, Williams told reporters, "Has it been 10 years? I remember the guy before. It's time to go, wow. Okay."

Williams is the top earning female athlete in the world, taking home some $81.7 million in prize money since she began playing professionally at age 14. In that time, she's earned a record 39 major titles.

Given the confidence of some of the poll responders, it's interesting to note, that it was only in 2007 that Wimbeldon gave out equal prize money to men and women, the last of the Grand Slam tourneys to do so.

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