Former American tennis players Jan-Michael Gambill and Tracy Austin feel Serena Williams' serve could be the key for her at Wimbledon. This week, Williams made her long-awaited comeback to tennis as she teamed up with Ons Jabeur for the Eastbourne doubles event.
On Tuesday, Williams and Jabeur recovered from a set down to beat Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo 2-6 6-3 13-11. In the Eastbourne quarterfinal, Williams and Jabeur saw off Shuko Aoyama and Hao-Ching Chang 6-2 6-4.
In the second set of the match, Williams and Jabeur saved a total of nine break points. "Yesterday I felt like every set she played she got a little bit better. Today was more the Serena of old, the Serena we expect to see on the court.
But what can you expect after a year off? It's a lot. I think she's using these matches as the practice she needs for Wimbledon. The serve is going to get better and better, I think it's going to be a tool she really needs at Wimbledon this year.
The tennis was high-quality today," Gambill said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.
Austin: When the chips were down, Williams had it
"The serve was much closer to what we're normally used to seeing from Serena.
She was down was 1-3, 15-40 in one of her service games and (she hit) three aces in a row, back-to-back. When the chips were down, Serena had it," Austin said of Serena Williams' level of play. On Thursday, Williams and Jabeur pulled out of their Eastbourne doubles semifinal.
Jabeur is dealing with a minor knee injury and she did not want to risk aggravating her injury ahead of Wimbledon. Williams played her first tournament of the year this week and now she is set to play her first singles tournament of the season at Wimbledon. Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and many feel she could do well at The Championships this year.