Ball In Serena's Court At Wimbledon With Rivals' Fitness Doubts
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Tue 22nd June 2021 | 08:50 AM
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jun, 2021 ) :Serena Williams turns 40 on September 26 and the arrival of that landmark birthday will be all the sweeter if she has at last equalled Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
A fourth round loss at the French Open to Kazakh 21st seed Elena Rybakina reflected this although clay would be her least preferred surface despite three Roland Garros titles.
However, her chances of an eighth Wimbledon crown have improved with the withdrawal of world number two Naomi Osaka, who is taking time out of the game after revealing she has been battling anxiety and depression.
"On the grass, if Serena is fit and that serve is working then that's half of the match right there.
"She has that experience and flexibility." Evert, though, concedes that like any great champion who appears vulnerable all her opponents suddenly entertain hopes of beating her.
"The players are better now than they were two years ago and they are not intimidated," said the 66-year-old, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion.
"They all feel they have a chance against Serena.
The 29-year-old Romanian's calf injury forced her to miss the French Open and although she turned up for this week's Bad Homburg tournament she felt she was not fit enough to compete.
"My calf is not ready for a competition," she said.
"I will keep practising as I really want to be able to play at Wimbledon but for now I have to take care of my body and to see how the recovery is going." Barbora Krejcikova is the form player after her surprise triumph in the French Open.
The 25-year-old Czech paid a moving tribute to her late compatriot and former coach Jana Novotna when she won at Roland Garros.
She might have to repeat it should she win at the All England Club, the venue where Novotna won her only singles Grand Slam crown in 1998.
Unlike Halep and Barty she is getting match practice in at the Eastbourne tournament this week.
"People might expect me to feel pressure going into it, but I don't really feel any pressure," she said.
"I'm just going to have fun and enjoy it. I don't really want to push myself to compare my result this year with last time."