American sports journalist Steve Flink is skeptical about Serena Williams‘ chances of winning Wimbledon 2022. The junior Williams last played in Wimbledon 2021 where she injured her hamstring and retired midway through the first round match.
Considering Serena is 40 years old, Wimbledon can be pretty intense for her. Moreover, she has been out of touch for a really long time. In a recent interview with Tennis Channel’s Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis show, Flink expressed his skepticism regarding Serena’s participation in Wimbledon.
“How she wins more than a couple of matches is beyond me, given the time she’s been gone” Steve Flink on Serena Williams’ chances at Wimbledon https://t.co/AYMZAxhq2J
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Flink does not understand what Serena is expecting out of this year’s Wimbledon. For him, Serena’s participation would have made sense if she had given herself enough practice by playing in different tournaments. However, the 23-time grand slam winner will enter the tournament with little to no preparation.
Winning the Wimbledon might be a tough task for Serena as she would be required to play back-to-back games. Since she has been away from the court for so long, the schedule can be too intense for her. However, Flink said, “If she proves me wrong, all power to her.”
Steve Flink says Serena Williams hoping to win Wimbledon on memory and inspiration
Flink has tried to make sense of Serena’s participation and he could come up with only one explanation. The American legend will hope to play good tennis banking on experience and support from the crowd. Furthermore, Flink said, “I think she’s just hoping to do it on memory and inspiration and that may not be enough.”
Tennis fans around the world are rooting for Serena to win her 24th grand slam. If she manages to do that, she would equal Margaret Court‘s record for most grand slams by any person in the singles category. She recently participated in the doubles event of Eastbourne International.
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She paired with Ons Jabeur and won the first two matches of the tournament. Unfortunately, she had to withdraw from the tournament after Jabeur suffered an injury. The two matches have given her enough practice and it could make all the difference for her going into Wimbledon.