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Serena Williams will find it ‘super difficult’ to challenge at Wimbledon claims Karolina Pliskova

Serena Williams will find it ‘super hard’ to challenge it after a year at Wimbledon, claims Karolina Pliskova…

  • Karolina Pliskova claims Serena Williams is unlikely to win Wimbledon
  • She retired from SW19 hurt last summer and is making her first appearance in a year
  • But Pliskova admitted that many are still afraid to play the 40-year-old American

In any case, Serena Williams’ comeback won’t take place until Tuesday, but longtime sparring partner Karolina Pliskova has made suggestions that the 23-time Grand Slam winner could be a contender at Wimbledon.

The 40-year-old caught the tennis world last Tuesday when she announced her intention to play the third major of the year and this week at Rothesay International Eastbourne.

Williams suffered an injury to her right leg at SW19 in 2021 and had to retire in the first round but has accepted a wild card to return to the All England Club, where she won the title seven times.

Serena Williams has not played since the 40-year-old American retired from SW19 in 2021

Serena Williams has not played since the 40-year-old American retired from SW19 in 2021

After a 12-month absence from the WTA Tour, the American will team up with Ons Jabeur to play doubles at Eastbourne before trying again to match Margaret Court’s level of 24 grand slams.

But Pliskova, last year’s Wimbledon finalist, said: “I don’t know how long it’s been since she played. Has it been a year? It’s been a long time and she’s not the youngest anymore so I guess it’s time to get your body back in shape.

“Playing matches in tournaments is still quite different from just practicing and from my understanding she doesn’t play here (single) but just plays doubles.

“I think it’s going to be hard, super hard for her, whatever kind of player she is, because this is something you need some time to do.

Karolina Pliskova has not won a Grand Slam title but reached the Wimbledon final last year

Karolina Pliskova has not won a Grand Slam title but reached the Wimbledon final last year

“But of course she’s a great player, she’s achieved so much and yet some players will be super scared to play against her. This is her advantage, but let’s see the level. I can’t really say.”

One of those Williams hopes to avoid in the Wimbledon draw is Spanish player Paula Badosa.

The world number three, Badosa, is one of the top 10 players involved in the WTA 500 singles event, along with Pliskova, who recently defeated Williams at the 2019 Australian Open.

Williams will compete for a historic 24th Grand Slam singles title this summer

Williams will compete for a historic 24th Grand Slam singles title this summer

Jabeur and Williams take on Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in Devonshire Park. The doubles match is expected to take place on Tuesday.

“I think it took everyone by surprise, but it’s really good to have her back. It really amazes me how she has all this appetite for the game,” Badosa said of Williams.

“It’s a great inspiration. It’s nice to have her back and I hope she can be back for much longer because I think she’s doing really well for tennis.

“But then again, I don’t want to play against her of course! I hope the draw goes to another player, because nobody wants to play against Serena and less on grass. Let’s pray for that!”

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