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Wimbledon: Serena Williams will have a tough time winning at the All England Club, says Karolina Pliskova | tennis news

Karolina Pliskova, last year’s Wimbledon finalist, doesn’t think Serena Williams can be a contender this year, saying: ‘I think it’s going to be difficult, super difficult for her, whatever kind of player she is because this is one thing where you still need some time”

Last updated: 06/20/22 15:52

Can Serena Williams win Wimbledon?  According to Karolina Pliskova, the 23-time Grand Slam winner will have it

Can Serena Williams win Wimbledon? According to Karolina Pliskova, the 23-time Grand Slam winner will have it “super difficult”.

Karolina Pliskova has dismissed suggestions that Serena Williams could be a contender at Wimbledon, saying it’s “going to be super difficult for her no matter what kind of player she is”.

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

Williams suffered a right leg injury at Wimbledon in 2021 and was forced to retire in the first round, but has accepted a wildcard to return to the All England Club, where she has won the title seven times.

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

“She is an amazing player, she has achieved so much and yet some players will be very scared to play against her. That’s their advantage, but let’s see how high the level is. I can’t really tell.”

Karolina Pliskova on Serena Williams

However, her old sparring partner Pliskova, last year’s Wimbledon finalist, doesn’t think the American could be a contender this year.

“I don’t know how long it’s been since she’s played. Has it been a year? It’s a long time and she’s not that young anymore, so I suppose the body needs some time to recover as well to get in shape.

“Playing matches at tournaments is still very different than just practicing and as far as I know she doesn’t play here (singles) only doubles.

“I think it’s going to be difficult, super difficult for her, no matter what kind of player she is, because that’s a thing that takes some more time.

“But of course she is a great player, she has achieved so much and yet some players will be very scared to play against her. That’s their advantage, but let’s see how high the level is. I can’t really tell.”

Spain's Paula Badosa hopes to avoid Williams in Wimbledon draw

Spain’s Paula Badosa hopes to avoid Williams in Wimbledon draw

Spain player Paula Badosa last beat Williams at the 2019 Australian Open but she is hoping to avoid Williams in the Wimbledon draw.

“I think it surprised everyone but it’s very good to have her back. It really amazes me how she has all this hunger after 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 very good for tennis.

“But the other side, of course I don’t want to play against them! I hope the tie goes to another player because nobody wants to play against Serena and less on grass. Let’s pray for it!”

Jabeur and Williams meet Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova at Devonshire Park with the doubles expected to take place on Tuesday.

“I’m a good secret keeper! Yes, I knew it before the French Open,” revealed the new number 3 in the world, Jabeur, after arriving fresh from his victory in Berlin on Sunday.

“A lot of players were jealous because I play with her. Honestly, Serena is Serena. She’s a legend and always will be.

“The fact that she has returned and that I get to be a part of her journey is truly amazing. She’s done a lot for our sport and I really respect her, respect her story, respect everything she’s been through.

“I hope I can even learn two percent from it. Now I joke with other doubles players, I thought if you have minus 20 grand slams don’t even ask me to play doubles with you anymore.”

The Tunisian was due to play singles at Eastbourne but following her exploits in Germany she will now only feature in doubles at the WTA 500 event.

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