Australian tennis legend Margaret Court says her admiration for Serena Williams is not reciprocated following Serena Williams's retirement.

American retired one grand shy of equalling her record-breaking 24, Grand Slam singles titles.

Australian tennis great Margaret Court

Williams was frequently praised as the greatest tennis player of all time when she fell out of the sport following a loss to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, in round three at the US Open on Friday.

The 40-year-old will end her professional career having won 23 championships, just one more than Court who holds the record for both genders.

"Serena, I've admired her as a player," Court said to the British newspaper Daily Telegraph in a rare interview. "But I don't think she has ever admired me."

The 80-year-old, who works as a pastor at a church in Perth is now a controversial tennis player due to her

comments about race and homosexuality and has also expressed her opposition to gay weddings.

Australian tennis great Margaret Court

Court thinks she is under-appreciated in the field despite her outstanding record through the 1960s and into the 1970s.

"It's very sad, because a lot of the press and television today, particularly in tennis, don't want to mention my name," she added.