Indian tennis legend ahead of US Open: You can never bet against Serena Williams

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Indian tennis legend ahead of US Open: You can never bet against Serena Williams

Former world No. 18 Vijay Amritraj acknowledged that coming back from a long injury break is never ideal but adds Serena Williams is someone you can never underestimate. Williams, 40, was out for 12 months before announcing her decision to compete at Wimbledon just two weeks before the start of the tournament.

In the Wimbledon first round, Williams competed well but still fell short to Harmony Tan in three sets. Now, Williams is set to compete at the North American hard court swing. Williams signed up to compete at WTA 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, before she heads to New York for the US Open.

Amritraj on Williams' Grand Slam chances

“Coming back after a long layoff is never easy. Even for a great champion like Serena Williams, you need some matches under her belt and that’s an important aspect.

The second thing is, of course, the physical ability. Does she feel fit enough to win seven matches on a hard court in the US and that’s not easy and it can get very high in temperatures and muggy in Queens when the matches are on.

Thirdly, does she have still the mental fortitude to keep herself so closeted for the seven matches now? Which she hasn’t done in a while. But only because it’s Serena Williams, you can’t bet against her," Amritraj told Essentially Sports.

Williams hasn't had a Grand Slam triumph since the 2017 Australian Open. Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion and she is one Grand Slam title away from tying Magararet Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slams.

Williams has enjoyed great success at every Grand Slam as she is a seven-time US Open champion. Williams won three consecutive US Open titles between 2012 and 2014 but hasn't had a triumph there in eight years. It remains to be seen how far can Williams go at the US Open this year.