American legend Serena Williams finally staged a comeback on the tour at Eastbourne this week after missing out for almost a year. Serena hadn’t played any competitive match since Wimbledon last year and many even assumed that the 23-time grand slam champion won’t ever hold a racket again. But to everyone’s surprise, Serena announced on social media that she will be returning to the professional tour at Wimbledon via a wild card.
To tune up for Wimbledon and get some match practice, Serena is playing doubles this week at Eastbourne with Ons Jabeur. The pair won their first-round match and are through to the quarterfinals. Speaking about Serena’s comeback on Eurosport, Alex Corretja said that he was waiting eagerly for her to come back and that tennis needs her.
He said that it is good that Serena will be finishing her career on her terms on a tennis court and added that she will be a very dangerous opponent at Wimbledon.
“Of course I was waiting for her to come back. I think tennis needs her,” Corretja told Eurosport. “It’s so good that she will finish her career, play in tournaments, Grand Slams, and whenever she decides she’s ready to go out. And I’m very pleased to see that she’s going to be at Wimbledon. She’s going to be very dangerous for the opponent.”
He then spoke about Serena’s mental toughness and how well she manages to come back despite all the injury breaks. He also said that her game suits grass well and hence she will be very dangerous at the All England Club.
“You never know with such a legend. We’ve seen already many times that she’s been out so many times. And then she’s coming back very strong. I think grass suits her game very well. So she’s going to be super dangerous for whoever she faces in whatever round,” he said.
‘For the first time in so many years, she shouldn’t feel the pressure at all’: Alex Corretja on Serena Williams
Corretja further said that it is very difficult to predict Serena’s fitness level and match readiness during Wimbledon. Only after watching a few matches, one can determine her rhythm. He added that for the first time in years there will be no pressure on her and it will be a good opportunity for her to express herself. He then talked about the privilege for fans to watch her play once again and given her champion mindset, she is very well capable of doing well.
“It’s very difficult to predict whether she’s going to be ready or not. We have to wait a little bit, a few matches,” he said. “Also, it depends on the draw. And of course, in my opinion, for the first time in so many years, she shouldn’t feel the pressure at all. She can just go out there and say, okay, whatever happens, is going to be good, it’s going to be a gift. I know she’s a champion and I’m sure that she wants to win if she goes into a tournament. Otherwise, I don’t think she enters the tournament just going there to see what will happen.”