Wimbledon to make changes following Serena Williams' 2021 injury on Centre Court

Williams retired injured her Wimbledon first round match 12 months ago.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wimbledon to make changes following Serena Williams' 2021 injury on Centre Court

Wimbledon is reportedly ready to make changes and allow limited practice on the Centre Court and Court 1 following Serena Williams' 2021 injury, per Christopher Clarey. Last year, 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams slipped in the sixth game of her Wimbledon first round match versus Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

After leaving the court for a medical intervention, Williams returned and tried to continue the match. Unfortunately, it was evident that Williams was in major pain and discomfort as she went to the net and retired the match.

Now, the Wimbledon organizers appear to be ready to allow top players limited practice on the biggest courts ahead of the tournament.

Williams set to compete at Wimbledon

Last week, Williams revealed her plans to compete at Wimbledon as she was awarded a main draw wildcard.

Alicia Molik, the Australian Billie Jean King Cup captain, underlined that Williams can never be underestimated at Wimbledon. "She's a very commanding presence at the best of times, let alone somewhere that she's won seven times.

On the grass, I don't know what it is about Wimbledon, but she just steps up a gear," Molik told the Australian Open website. "Because of the silence of the crowds there, more than any other slam, her power and the grunt is magnified.

You feel like you're in a bit of a colosseum when you play against her." Williams is 40 and hasn't played in a year but Molik says she is still a big name and her first round opponent will be "desperate" to beat her. "She's not the No.1 player in the world anymore, but whoever she draws will be desperate to beat her, because it's still Serena.

Unfortunately for her, everyone is going to be gunning for her. A win over Serena is still a win over Serena," Molik said. "I hope she enjoys it; you can put so much pressure on yourself after not competing for a year."

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