Wildcard Serena Williams is the final word Wimbledon query mark | Tennis News – Times of India
Williams performed doubles on the Eastbourne International with Tunisian Ons Jabeur this week however the former world primary has not featured in a aggressive singles match since limping out of final yr’s first spherical on the grasscourt main by means of harm.
Her return at Wimbledon, the place she has received seven singles titles, has left even the game’s foremost consultants stumped on what followers can count on when she takes the court docket.
“She could lose first round or win the tournament,” seven-times main winner and ESPN analyst John McEnroe declared.
The 40-year-old dropped to 1,208th within the rankings following her tearful departure from the All England Club a yr in the past, taking time to get well from a hamstring harm, and wanted a wildcard entry for the match.
Williams advised reporters earlier this week she was taking her return “one day at a time” and “absolutely” had moments of doubt about competing once more.
“I love tennis and I love playing, or else I wouldn’t be out here, right?” she mentioned.
Williams and Jabeur got here from a set all the way down to win their Eastbourne ladies’s doubles opener and adopted that with a straight units victory within the quarters on Wednesday earlier than the Tunisian obtained injured they usually needed to withdraw.
Williams has been on the hunt for an elusive twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title, which might put her degree with record-holder Margaret Court, because the American final hoisted a significant trophy on the Australian Open in 2017.
She has come tantalisingly near attaining that feat, that includes in 4 Grand Slam finals since she gave start to daughter Olympia in 2017.
But leaping again into competitors after a yr away is a Herculean activity – even for tennis’s hardest competitor.
“When you don’t play for a long time … it takes a while for your tennis instincts and your tennis IQ to come back,” 18-time Grand Slam winner and ESPN analyst Chris Evert advised reporters.
“It’s hard to really assess how she’s going to play in singles just because you see her playing doubles.”
Williams faces lengthy odds to raise the Venus Rosewater Dish, with Poland’s world primary Iga Swiatek, on a 35-match successful streak that included her second French Open title earlier this month, a powerful favorite.
“The serve looks good, the power is there. I’m excited for the tournament, that she’s playing, and I think it’s great for everybody around,” mentioned Evert.
“But you know, it’s a question mark.”
The major draw at Wimbledon begins on Monday.