Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja feels tennis needs Serena Williams as he has warned that the 23-time Grand Slam champion could be a threat at Wimbledon. Williams, who retired injured her Wimbledon first round match last year, made a winning return on Tuesday as she and Ons Jabeur defeated Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo 2-6 6-3 13-11 in their Eastbourne opener.
Williams opted to play doubles in her first tournament back as she is preparing to make her singles return 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.
You never know with such a legend. We've seen already many times that she's been out for 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”.
Corretja: Williams can be dangerous for any opponent she faces
Williams is 40, hasn't played a singles match in 12 months, but she is also a seven-time Wimbledon champion and one of the best grass players in tennis history.
Several top players, including Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa, have openly admitted they would like to avoid playing Williams at Wimbledon. “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,” Corretja added. "You could not be surprised if she goes and plays such a great tournament, especially because I don't think there are that many grass court specialists and I think she can really be a very dangerous opponent for whoever she faces."