Barbara Schett believes players will be scared to take on Serena Williams despite the American’s long absence


Barbara Schett believes players will be scared to take on Serena Williams despite the American’s long absence

Barbara Schett, Serena Williams

Serena Williams had announced that she will be making her return to the Wimbledon, a tournament she has made her mark winning 7 times in singles and 6 times in doubles. Wimbledon 2022 will mark her return to the tour after her withdrawal from the US Open 2021. Williams has crossed the 40-year mark and she is playing her first tournament after crossing the landmark.

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Barbara Schett a former world number 7 and the Eurosport expert talked about Serena’s return to the Championships. She said, “She hasn’t played for one year, and now she’s decided to take that wild card. It’s very exciting, I think for women’s tennis, it’s very exciting for all of us to be able to watch her. And I think it’s exciting times for her. The question is, just how much has she practiced? “I think if you’re out for a whole year, it’s very difficult because you’re not playing any matches. Even if you only practice a lot. It’s not the same.”

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Serena Williams will still be a threat according to Barbara Schett.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Serena Williams is way past her prime, but she might still be a force to be reckoned with at Wimbledon. Barbara Schett said: “I think with her game style, she has a big serve. If she has been practicing, that will help her a lot. But the matter is, how is her movement going to be on the grass court? But we all know that’s the hardest area, the hardest surface to actually move [on]. And I think we [will] get a better idea when she plays that first match.”

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But, Schett was also a bit skeptical about Serena’s age because playing through long grueling matches for the first time after a break of one year could be a bit overwhelming, even for a 23-time Grand Slam champion. She said: “But I’m sure she’s going to be very rusty. Plus, she’s 40 years old, which for a tennis player is quite old, unfortunately.”

But she also said that for a player like Williams and the great champion she has been, it’s never easy for anyone to face her even after a long break because she is still a fierce player and the determination that she still holds which made her such an amazing fighter on and off the court.

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