Tennis legend Chris Evert says Serena Williams could use the lockdown to her benefit as she attempts to win a record 24th Grand Slam singles title when the professional circuit resumes in August.
Chris Evert says the lockdown may have changed Serena Williams's mindset
The 38 year old Serena Williams has lost the past four Grand Slam finals she has reached but Evert, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles herself, says the American superstar could use the lockdown to her benefit.
Speaking to BBC, Evert says, "Maybe she will be calmer out there. I think she will have a fresh perspective and approach. She looks really fit and in great shape and she seems to be really eager to get back. So that's the danger zone for a lot of the other players because if anyone can get through these difficult times and these challenges it's Serena Williams, with what she's had to go through in her life.
This will be a like piece of cake for her, so watch out for her." Williams returned to the tour in March 2018, six months after giving birth to her daughter and reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2018 and 2019 but was unable to win any of the four finals an equal the all-time record held by Margaret Court.
Evert says that enough time has passed since those losses. "There is enough time lapsed between those Grand Slam finals where she lost to now. That was then, and this is now. Don't you think [the lockdown] has changed perspectives for people? I want to do more than ever now things that I've been postponing and I want to get to my bucket list.
I'm a little bit calmer and living a bit simpler than before. And maybe that has changed Serena too. When she does come back and play I think she could use it to her advantage." Serena has said she is looking forward to playing in the US Open which is scheduled to begin in New York in late August.
She has not made any comments about the French Open which is scheduled to take place in Paris in end September this year. Serena Williams has been ranked World No.1 in singles on eight separate occasions - including a stint of 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf.
In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.