“Some serious carnage,” Paul McNamee expresses his delight after seeing Serena Williams’ name in the Wimbledon draw

Paul McNamee speaks about Serena Williams' Wimbledon prospects on return.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams will mark her return to the professional tour at Wimbledon next week after a year’s hiatus. Serena last played singles at Wimbledon last year where she was forced to retire mid-match in the first round after she slipped on the court. A teary-eyed Serena walked off the center court and many believed that it was Serena’s last outing at the center court.

Serena didn’t hint at any signs of a comeback until a couple of weeks ago when she announced that she would be accepting a wild card entry at Wimbledon. She played doubles this week at Eastbourne with Ons Jabeur where the duo reached the semifinals before Jabeur had to withdraw due to an injury.

The draw for Wimbledon is out and without a guess, Serena, being an unseeded player has got a very tough draw. The women’s draw is heavily top-heavy and unfortunately for her, Serena is placed in the top half. She gets an easy first-round match though and will face Frenchwoman Harmony Tan. She is then expected to face 32nd seed Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round and a tough test in the form of Karolina Pliskova in the third round.

A possible encounter with Coco Gauff in the fourth round looms before eventually meeting Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals and World No.1 Iga Swiatek in the semifinals.

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Paul McNamee wanted Serena Williams to be in the bottom half

Paul McNamee and Serena Williams
Paul McNamee and Serena Williams

Former doubles World No.1 Paul McNamee expressed his emotions on seeing Serena’s name in the draw. He said that it is great to see the American’s name in the draw but also added that he wanted her to be placed in the bottom half because there, she could’ve done some serious damage.

“Great to see Serena’s name in the Wimbledon draw… but gee I would have liked to have seen her land in the bottom half…I think there would have been some serious carnage,” he said.

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