Cape Town - Outspoken British TV host Piers Morgan has caused controversy after claiming that Roger Federer would beat Serena Williams 6-0, 6-0 and '100 times out of 100'.
Williams and Federer boast many similar career achievements, winning 23 and 20 Grand Slam titles respectively, but Morgan said the two simply cannot be compared considering the overall standard of women’s tennis.
"Roger Federer would beat Serena Williams 6-0 6-0," Morgan told his co-presenter Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain.
"We know that. I'll bet you £1 billion that Roger Federer would beat Serena Williams a hundred times out of a 100.
"Serena Williams would be beaten by the top 200 men in Wimbledon.
"It doesn't mean she's not a superstar of the game."
Reid challenged Morgan on it, saying that Williams is a force to be reckoned with and has proven it.
However, Morgan was undeterred, firing back: "You wanna take the bet or not? No? Because you know you're talking nonsense."
Although Federer and Williams have never met in a singles exhibition, they have played each other in doubles once before.
They met in last season's Hopman Cup, with Federer and Belinda Bencic beating Williams and Frances Tiafoe in straight sets.
- TeamTalk Media