World number five Maria Sakkari says it’s good for tennis back with Serena Williams, adding that everyone wants to avoid the American at Wimbledon. Last Tuesday, 23-times Grand Slam winner Williams announced her Wimbledon tournament on Instagram.
Williams retired from injury in the first round of Wimbledon a year ago and will now return to singles play after 12 months at the All England Club. “I grew up watching Serena and Venus because my grandmother is obsessed with tennis,” Scarry was quoted as saying by the WTA’s website.
“I think it’s very good to be back in tennis and I think it brings more excitement. I’m sure everyone wants to avoid it, especially when you win some matches.
She’s starting to get comfortable with her game, Serena Williams. She’s the greatest athlete of all time.”
Scary and Paula Padusa hope to dodge Williams
When asked about Williams’ comeback, Padusa said pretty much the same thing as Scary.
Padusa said she was happy to have Williams back and admitted she hoped she would not face the American at Wimbledon. “Of course I don’t want to play against them,” Padusa said.
“I hope another player will not be drawn because of course no one wants to play with Serena and certainly not on the grass. So let’s pray for that.” The balance between Scary and Williams is 1:1.
In 2020, Scary and Williams met twice during the Summer Hardcourt Championships. Scary won her first match, recovering from a set deficit, defeating Williams in the round of 16 in Cincinnati.
Two weeks later, Williams retaliated and defeated Scary in the US Open round of 16. On the other hand, Badosa and Williams did not play each other on the WTA Tour.