Players are not intimidated by Serena Williams anymore, says Wilander


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Players are not intimidated by Serena Williams anymore, says Wilander

Speaking on Eurosport the seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander commented on the quality of the women's tennis. Wilander believes players have a different mentality now. "Now there are so many good players and ball strikers, there is so depth.

The young players are not really intimidated by the likes of Kerber, Serena and Halep anymore, and then also it's nerves. I cannot imagine the nerves you go through before playing a Grand Slam. The mindset of the men is so much relaxed because even if you are one set down, like Nadal and Djokovic, you are so far away from losing", said Wilander.

On Juan Martin del Potro's four-set win over Nicolas Jarry, the Swede added: "After losing the first set he told himself, Okay, I have to change something. Del Potro is one of the best fighters we have in the game and he can mix it up.

This is a great news for del Potro fans. Jarry wasted match points against Zverev in the Geneva final. Can he back up last year's semifinals? He always believes that he has always something inside him that he can bring it up on the biggest stages and it's not so easy to see someone who fights as much as he does."

Wilander commented on Alexander Zverev's five-set win over John Millman. "The first two sets were very positive. He hits a lot of great shots, he has a great court coverage, he hits the ball, he is able to move forward and then he lost two sets.

The win in Geneva will give him a big confidence. He has won so much on the regular tour that we are putting on him too much pressure. To me he is a bit too passive."