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Wimbledon 2022: Serena Williams could either lose in first round or win the tournament, says John McEnroe


Serena Williams has recently made her comeback on the court at the Eastbourne International after recovering from injury.

Serena Williams. Courtesy: AP

Serena Williams. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slams
  • Serena partnered Ons Jabeur in the recent Eastbourne International
  • Serena has won the Wimbledon 7 times in her career

Seven-time Grand Slam-winner John McEnroe reckoned that USA’s Serena Williams would either face a first round defeat or win the grass-court championship at Wimbledon. The 40-year-old Serena, recently, made her comeback to the court after a gap of nearly a year. The veteran played one game in the Eastbourne International where she partnered Tunisia’s World No.3 Ons Jabeur.

However, despite winning her first game, Serena won’t take further part in the tournament after Jabeur pulled out due to a knee injury. McEnroe felt that if Serena pulled off her very best, she could go on to lift the trophy.

“I would only say that I think she could lose in the first round or win the tournament,” McEnroe was quoted as saying.

The Michigan-born Serena has won as many as 23 Grand Slams and has seven Wimbledon titles to her name.

Former World No.1, Chris Evert, in the meantime, said that it would be unfair to expect a whole lot from Serena since the latter hasn’t played a whole lot in recent times.

“I think you can’t expect a whole lot because she’s not match-tough. I think that when you don’t play for a long time, your instincts, it takes a while for your tennis instincts and your tennis IQ to come back,” Evert said.

“It’s hard to really assess how she’s going to play in singles just because you see her playing doubles. I can’t tell how the movement is from side to side, from up to back. The serve looks good. The power is there,” she added.

Serena, who recently recovered from a foot injury, has made her way into the upcoming Wimbledon edition as a wildcard-entry.



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