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Serena having trouble backing up boasts

Updated: May 8, 2009, 1:48 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

Just a few days ago in Rome, Serena Williams told us that she's the best player in the world. We all know who the real No. 1 is, Williams said, before playing just her second match on clay this year. Quite frankly, she said, I'm the best in the world.

The only trouble with making statements like that is that you have to back them up, and Serena wasn't up to the job. A few days later, she lost her first-round encounter with Patty Schnyder in the Italian Open. We all know that Schnyder ...

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