Even though achievements wise Serena Williams is not the best women player ever does anyone else think that skill and ability wise she might be, particularly at her best. I was thinking the other day how she compares to the current greatest women players of all time and she actually compares favorably game wise by my estimation. Serena vs Graf: First serve- Graf has one of the greatest serves in womens tennis history, but Serena's is undisputably the greatest (other than maybe her sister also on the 1st serve). SERENA Second serve- Serena's 2nd serve especialy is clearly the greatest ever. SERENA Return of serve- Graf was a very good returner but Serena is arguably the greatest womens return of server ever (with a few other contenders like Seles, Connolly, maybe Evert). SERENA Forehand- No women in history surpasses Graf here. GRAF Backhand- Graf's slice backhand is underrated and one of the best slice backhands in womens tennis history, but nobody with predominantly just a slice backhand can be placed over Serena's powerhouse of a backhand. SERENA Volleys- Not a huge edge to either, maybe a bit to Graf. GRAF by a bit Movement- Again not a huge difference if both are at their best. Maybe Graf by a bit again. GRAF by a bit Overhead- Both were amazing, put away any overhead, even tough ones. EVEN Mental game- Both are among the mentally toughest players in history. I would go with Graf only by a hair. GRAF by a bit So both have 4 edges and 1 tie. However Serena has a clear edge in all 4 of her edges, while Graf only a very slight iffy edge in 3 of her 4. Keep in mind Graf is my favorite women player of all time and if anything I would be biased to her. Now Serena vs Navratilova: First serve- Basically the same thing I said for Graf. Martina has one of the greatest serves ever, Serena is the greatest women server ever only challenged on the 1st serve by her sister. SERENA Second serve- Serena is even more the unchallenged queen of the 2nd serve. SERENA Return of serve- Martina was actually an excellent and underrated returner. Still this is clearly Serena. SERENA Forehand- Martina had an excellent forehand, by far her better side off the ground. Still the edge goes to Serena. SERENA Backhand- This is no contest. Martina's backhand isnt even up to the standard of Graf's. SERENA Volleys- Martina the greatest volleyer ever of course takes this category. MARTINA Overhead- Martina probably had the greatest womens overhead ever, along with possibly Court. MARTINA Movement- Both are among the fastest women ever, at full fitness I would call it a tie (acknowledging Serena isnt always). EVEN Mental game- Martina is underrated here, you dont win as much as she does without a very strong mental game. Still Serena takes her here. SERENA This is even more a blowout than Graf with Martina winning 2 categories and Serena winning 6. Comparing Serena to Evert is somewhat unfair as their game styles are so different. Atleast in some aspects of the game. Both have outstanding groundstrokes and return of serves, but which are effective in completely different ways. Comparatively Serena's are more about raw power, and Evert's more about control, consistency, and pinpoint accuracy. However regardless the style difference Serena's serve is many light years beyond Evert even if Evert had been playing today with todays racquets, she is clearly the faster of the two despite that Evert herself was very fast and overall a very efficent mover (with superb anticipation boosting her overall movement further), and her overhead is also in a whole other league (this was not a strong shot for Evert similar to the serve). Given that both are excellent in other areas, albeit in a completely different way and playing style, these distinct differences would seem to give Serena the overall edge. I wont ever both comparing to Court who was too far back to make a fair comparision, and women before her even moreso. What I am trying to say is while you cant really say Serena is the greatest ever as her achievements are insufficient for that title, tennis wise, especialy at her best, could well be the greatest that ever played.