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Serena Williams 'lacks the match-toughness' to make Wimbledon impact, suggests former champion

Former champion says Serena Williams' year away from tennis will have dulled her 'tennis instincts and tennis IQ' too much for her to threaten at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams practice at Wimbledon

Chris Evert believes Serena Williams may find it tough to make an impression at Wimbledon as she is 'not match-tough' after a year out.

Serena has not played a singles match since injuring herself in the first round at Wimbledon last year.

She hoped to return for the US Open, but when she was unable to she admitted herself that she went 'cold turkey' on tennis, even to the point where then-coach Patrick Mouratoglou felt he needed to issue an ultimatum before Roland Garros.

However, she has accepted a wild card to play at Wimbledon again this year, where she will resume her quest for a 24th major.

Evert, though, is concerned for Serena's chances, believing the time away from the game will have dulled her mental sharpness on a tennis court too much to expect an immediate return to winning ways.

“I think you can’t expect a whole lot because she’s not match-tough," Evert said.

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"I think that when you don’t play for a long time, your instincts, it takes a while for your tennis instincts and your tennis IQ to come back.

“It’s hard to really assess how she’s going to play in singles just because you see her playing doubles. I can’t tell how the movement is from side to side, from up to back. The serve looks good. The power is there.”

“I’m excited for the tournament that she’s playing. But, you know, it’s a question mark. All the other players have gotten better over the last year.

“When you look at [Iga] Swiatek, Jabeur, some of the players that can challenge the top or can win Grand Slams. I’m always thinking you have to have low expectations. If anything great happens, that makes it all the better.”

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