Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge feels it will be difficult for Serena Williams to make a deep run at Wimbledon because she lacks matches going into the tournament. Williams, 40, returned to tennis last week as she teamed up with Ons Jabeur for the Eastbourne doubles event.
Now, Williams is preparing to play her first singles tournament in 12 months. Williams plays France's Harmony Tan in the first round. "It's going to be so tough for her. I think given that at Wimbledon last year she had to leave in a way she didn't like, this might be that opportunity where she says 'you know what, at some point I have to say farewell to the tour'
And this might be it. It's going to be very hard for her to go deep in this tournament. Not because she's not a good enough player, but the lack of match play. Every match she plays; how does the body pull up? Is she going to be able to sustain the physical requirements to go deep into the tournament? That's going to be really tough.
Also when you haven't played matches, nerves become an issue, no matter how great a player you have been," Woodbridge told the Australian Open website.
Woodbridge doubts Williams can make a deep Wimbledon run
When asked directly about the favorite on the women's side, Woodbridge said "it is hard to go past Iga Swiatek."
Also, Woodbridge mentioned Angelique Kerber, who went all the way at The All England Club in 2018. "It’s hard to go past the world No.1, but Swiatek’s run has got to end at some point. She hasn’t played any matches on grass leading in so she’ll do well to get through the first week, especially when the surface is slicker and softer.
So instead it might be wise to look at a former No.1 and Wimbledon champion in Angelique Kerber – she can get on a roll at Grand Slams if she’s confident, and at this stage of her career I think grass is her best surface," Woodbridge said.