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

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Serena Williams is a GD legend.

She’s won 23 Grand Slam championships. She’s a voice for equality in sports. She runs an amazing clothing line. She’s a fashion icon. Even after taking a year off, she’s still ranked among the best in the world.

She’s been a professional player since 1995. That’s 24 years!

Which is why the results of a recent poll are a bit…puzzling, to say the least.

According to a YouGov poll of 1732 adults in Great Britain, 12 percent of men thought they could score a point in a game of tennis against Serena Williams.

Either Great Britain has more professional tennis plays among its male population than I realized, or men seriously overestimate their abilities.

I think it’s the latter.

Naturally, Twitter had a field day with the results of this poll. This man, at least, seems to have an accurate assessment of how a match with Williams would actually go:


Here’s another accurate explanation of the results:

This one also sums things up nicely, plus it it doesn’t forget the many men who chimed in on this thread to “defend” their ability to actually score a point against Williams:

A few people chimed in with how this is a perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, a type of cognitive bias.

Ever notice how some people seem to overestimate their intelligence and abilities without any awareness that they’re doing this? That’s the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Seriously, if you think you could score a point against Williams, maybe take a step back and assess your tennis skills.