Hong Kong: Francesca Schiavone on Monday said she regarded Serena Williams as better than Steffi Graf after she drew within four Grand Slam titles of the German great's Open-era record.
The 2010 French Open champion described Williams as "special" after the American won her 18th major title at the US Open, tying Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time list. (Related: Serena, a champion amongst peers)
"Sometimes I think she's the best there's ever been," Schiavone, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong, said of the 32-year-old world number one. (Serena vs Caroline final in pics)