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In case you missed it, Serena Williams is making a comeback at Wimbledon this year. Of course, she is arguably the greatest female tennis player to have ever lived. So tennis fans are understandably pretty excited that she is coming back – myself included. Amazingly, this will mark 20 years since she first won the title. And at 40 years old, it seems that she is still hungry for more. But things haven’t always looked promising for Williams to get back to the court.
At the time of writing, she has dropped to a ranking that is outside of the top 1,000. In fact, the only way that she is able to play Wimbledon is due to a wildcard that has been issued by the tournament organizers. This decision hasn’t gone down well with everyone either, understandably. Then again, she is a six-time champion at the All England Club. So if Serena asks, I’d imagine it’s hard to say no!
But back to my point here, although she is confirmed to be competing, does she really have a shot of winning? I’ve provided my two cents on this right here.
Can Serena Really Win the 2022 Wimbledon Championships?
It’s hard to write off a 23-time Grand Slam champion. In fact, you’d be crazy to do so, in my humble opinion. So do I think that Serena Williams can challenge for the Wimbledon title? Sure, I do. But things will not be easy, especially with talents like Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, and many others hanging around. Then again, Serena is arguably the greatest grass-court player that the women’s game has ever seen. So it’s logical to think that she at least has an outside chance.
Below, I’ve detailed why I think that she has a shot:
Still Has a Huge Serve
This has always been one of Serena Williams’ greatest assets. She can absolutely smoke her serve, leading to many free points. This keeps the rallies short on her serve, which also helps to conserve energy – very important if she has a chance of winning the title. Her serve is all the more lethal on grass too, as it skids through much more than other surfaces.
Legendary Groundstrokes Are Still There
Although the serve might be well documented, her groundstrokes are what have helped her to do enormous things in the sport of tennis. Williams has always been an immensely powerful player, and she still rips the ball, even at 40. Sure, she might not have the agility and energy that she had before, but these strokes can still be deadly for anyone.
Recent Performances in Eastbourne
As you may or may not know, Williams is currently competing in the doubles event down in Eastbourne. This is the first tournament that she has played since Wimbledon 2021, where she, unfortunately, had to retire through injury. And while she might only be playing doubles, I’ve witnessed signs of her old self. She is serving big, she is moving well enough, and she is still hitting various players off the court!