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'I am surprised Serena Williams has played so little,' says Martina Navratilova

Serena Williams ahead of Australian Open

Martina Navratilova says she is 'surprised' that Serena Williams has played so little going into Roland Garros.

Williams has attempted to play tournaments, entering both Rome and Parma this month, although early exits in both has left her seriously short of tennis.

However, Navratilova believes that Serena should now adjust her expectations a little and put everything into preparing for Wimbledon instead.

“I think this is more a preparation for Wimbledon," Navratilova said. "She needs match play. No matter how good you are, you need match play.

"I was surprised that she played as little as she did. For her it’s just about that No. 24, it’s just about that major – which is fine.

"But I think she has erred on the side of not playing enough. I think I’d rather play too little than too much, but you’re always looking for that balance, which changes as you get older."

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Williams will naturally be expected herself to compete for the title in Paris, but Navratilova believes she needs to keep her eye on the bigger picture as well.

“She may win three or four matches – I mean, she could win the whole thing, but unlikely with everybody else playing so well.

"If she gets three or four matches and gets ready for the grass, the most likely major for her to get No. 24 is Wimbledon, obviously.

"You can’t write her off. I always say it’s Serena against the field. On clay, that’s not the case, but she’s still a contender.

"How many active players have won the French Open more than once? She’s the only one.”

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