Alicia Molik on Serena Williams playing Wimbledon: Might actually be her goodbye


Alicia Molik on Serena Williams playing Wimbledon: Might actually be her goodbye

Australian Billie Jean King Cup captain Alicia Molik thinks this year's Wimbledon might be Serena Williams' goodbye to tennis. Just less than two weeks before the start of Wimbledon, Williams announced her return to tennis.

Williams, 40, retired injured her Wimbledon first round match 12 months ago. Williams is now ranked outside the top-1000 but she received a main draw wildcard into Wimbledon. "I do worry about lack of match practice going into the event.

I kind of thought it may also be her swan song at Wimbledon, also the fact that she hasn’t played in such a long time, hasn’t had any matches and entering to begin with a slam, you know it’s a very big call, it’s a big move and I kind of think it might actually be her goodbye," Molik said on the AO Show.

Molik: Smart by Williams to play doubles in Eastbourne

This week, Williams made her return to competitive action by playing doubles with Ons Jabeur in Eastbourne. Williams and Jabeur won two matches and reached the Eastbourne semifinal before the Tunisian was forced to pull out due to an injury.

"I think first of all, really smart movie from Serena to play her first event as a doubles event I think just to ease her way in. On social media, haven’t seen too much of Serena on the court training and practicing, so for me I think first of all that’s a smart move leading into Wimbledon," Molik added.

Now, Wimbledon is set to make her singles return at Wimbledon. In the Wimbledon first round, Williams faces France's Harmony Tan. Williams and Tan have no previous meetings so the American probably does not know much about her opponent.

Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and she knows very well what it takes to win it all at The Championships. It remains to be seen how far can Williams go at Wimbledon this year.

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