Former Australian tennis player Alicia Molik lauded Serena Williams for playing doubles and getting into her groove before taking part in the Wimbledon.
Serena Williams. Courtesy: AP
- Serena recently played doubles at the Eastbourne International
- Serena has won the Wimbledon 7 times
- Serena couldn’t take the court for nearly a year due to injury
Former Australian star Alicia Molik reckoned that the upcoming edition of Wimbledon may well turn out to be a swansong for the legendary Serena Williams. The 40-year-old Serena recently made her comeback at the Eastbourne International where she partnered World No.3 Ons Jabeur.
Molik lauded Serena for making the “smart move” of playing doubles and getting back to her rhythm before staging her Grand Slam comeback at Wimbledon.
“I do worry about lack of match practice going into the event. I kind of thought it may also be her swan song at Wimbledon, also the fact that she hasn’t played in such a long time, hasn’t had any matches and entering to begin with a slam, you know it’s a very big call, it’s a big move and I kind of think it might actually be her goodbye,” Molik was quoted as saying.
“I think first of all, a really smart move from Serena to play her first event as a doubles event, I think, just to ease her way in. On social media, I haven’t seen too much of Serena on the court training and practicing, so for me I think first of all, that’s a smart move leading into Wimbledon,” she added.
On her comeback, Serena won her first doubles match 6-2, 6-4 against the Japanese-Taiwan duo of Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching. However, she couldn’t take further part after Jabeur pulled out due to an injury.
Earlier, the legendary John McEnroe said that Serena could either crash out of the grass-court tournament or go to win the championship. Serena has won 23 Grand Slams in her career, including seven titles at Wimbledon.
Last year, she sustained an injury and couldn’t take the court for almost a year. She made her way into the Wimbledon as a wildcard entry.