The time is ticking for Serena Williams to secure her 24th grand slam, a feat that would match the record set by Margaret Court. The American has been stuck on 23 since giving birth but has still remained a tough nut to crack in the past few years on the latter two slams of the year. A finalist at the last two Wimbledon events, she still has to be considered amongst the favourites to get to that stage after a year without the tournament. She will play Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her opener but may well be looking ahead to a potential third round with 25th seed Angelique Kerber.
Sasnovich was ranked as high as No.30 back in 2018 but has not managed to build upon that and draw as much attention as her fellow Belarussians. She does play similarly aggressively but it has never really translated into consistent success for a her. A fourth round at Wimbledon 3 years ago did showcase her potential but she now holds a 5 match losing streak on the grass.
For all her struggles at other slams as her career has rolled on, she has avoided such struggles – probably in large part down to her serve remaining so tricky to deal with on the grass. Her movement does remain an issue and that has shown elsewhere but if she can keep points short, there will be few who will be able to match her for power. She continues her streak of not playing grass tournaments prior to Wimbledon, so lack of sharpness shouldn’t be any more of an issue than it has been previously.
Serena does remain vigilant of the many threats in her draw but you’d have to imagine that power players are still just easy pickings for her at this point. “I feel like, if anything, everyone plays really hard. I feel like it doesn’t matter who you play, you have to be ready. Everyone’s here. Everyone worked really hard to be here. So, yeah, I see it as an opportunity to just keep going.” she said about the draw.
Prediction – Serena in straight sets