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'Serena Williams looked really good' at Wimbledon, says former world number one

Did Serena Williams just 'lack a bit of confidence' at Wimbledon due to not playing for so long? That is the view of one former world number one.
Serena Williams Wimbledon press conference

Mats Wilander believes Serena Williams 'looked really good' despite her Wimbledon defeat, but he does wonder if she has lost her 'intimidation factor.'

Williams put on a brilliant show on her return to Wimbledon, putting on three-hours of great tennis before losing in a deciding-set tiebreak to Harmony Tan of France.

It was her first singles match for a year, so a deep run was always going to be a huge ask.

However, despite the defeat, Wilander sees plenty to be positive about, especially if she can get a few more matches under her belt - although he does worry if there is another thing missing now.

"The intimidation factor I don't think is there anymore," Wilander told Eurosport.

"It used to be, but I don't think these younger players are that intimidated anymore by her because they haven't seen her win as much.

"I think maybe Serena needs a few more matches. It looked like when it got close in the end the confidence was maybe not there.

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"I'm not saying that she got nervous necessarily, but if you haven't played more matches, you can't really trust yourself.

"She hit a couple of drop shots on very big points and she must probably think ‘what did I do that for?'

“In the end, [Harmony] Tan had a very good game to play against Serena Williams because she has good hands and she made Serena move, but Serena looked really good. She just maybe lacked a bit in confidence."

Serena has already suggested she will play the US Open this year, although she was reluctant to commit to another Wimbledon next year.

However, it also must be noted that she did not rule it out either.

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