One in eight British men back themselves against Serena Williams

Serena Williams and a man who reckons he could beat her.
Serena Williams and a man who reckons he could beat her. Photo credit: Getty

One in eight British men reckon they could win a point in a tennis match against former world number one Serena Williams.

Asked by UK polling service YouGov, 'Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams?' 12 percent of men said they reckoned they could.

Only 3 percent of women had the same level of confidence in their abilities. Twelve percent of respondents weren't sure.

The reaction on social media was brutal.

"Unless only eight men were surveyed and one of them was Nadal, these men are what's known in tennis terms as 'f**king deluded'," one person wrote on Twitter.

"None of us would even be able to return her serve lol," said another.

Serena Williams.
Serena Williams. Photo credit: Reuters

But it was Twitter user @longwall26 perhaps summed it up best.

"Confident in my ability to properly tennis, I take the court. I smile at my opponent. Serena does not return the gesture. She'd be prettier if she did, I think. She serves. The ball passes cleanly through my skull, killing me instantly."

Williams is one the most successful tennis stars of all-time, and has spent 319 weeks of her career as number one in the world. She did play against a man in 1998 when she was 16 - 203rd-ranked Karsten Braasch - who beat her 6-1.