Very little news, sporting or otherwise, comes as a surprise these days but Serena Williams’ tennis comeback was a story that did feel like it came out of the blue. The seven-time Wimbledon champion will be looking to move one step closer to making that eight when she takes to the court on Tuesday evening against Harmony Tan.
Tan has been reaping the rewards of her hard work that finally saw her make the top 100 momentarily earlier in the year. The Frenchwoman has an interesting style and does like to employ the drop shot, which does explain her recent strong run in Gaiba where the court had a much lower bounce than usual.
It’s hard to learn much from Serena’s initial comeback in Eastbourne, where she played two matches with Ons Jabeur in doubles before the Tunisian’s withdrawl. She didn’t look out of shape and looked happy to be back on the court though, with their two wins coming against established doubles teams.
A first round retirement last year will not have been the way that the former No.1 will have wanted to go out on. “It was good for me to get that out of my system because the last moment I had on Centre Court was probably not my best moment, Wimbledon was tough last year. I felt like last year was tough. I didn’t retire. I just needed to heal physically, mentally.” she said.
This should be a perfect opener for Serena who gets an opponent who will be able to get her moving and loosen up on court before ultimately not being able to match her tremendous power, especially when it comes to the serve. Whether Serena can handle a fortnight of matches is up for debate right now but the early stages should not be too troubling before a likely third round with Karolina Pliskova.
Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets