Serena Williams must be inventive and add selection to her sport if the 39-year-old American needs to tame the present power-hitters on clay, seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Mats Wilander informed Reuters forward of this week’s French Open.
The French Open, which begins on Might 30, has been the least rewarding of the 4 majors for Williams, who received the final of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles on the Australian Open in 2017.
Williams reached 4 Grand Slam finals in 2018 and 2019 however has didn’t get previous the final 16 at Roland Garros in her final three appearances.
Wilander, who received three titles on the purple clay in Paris, stated the American wanted to take a leaf out of Roger Federer’s ebook and make adjustments to her sport just like the Swiss did 4 years in the past earlier than happening to win three extra majors.
“I do not see Serena’s sport growing in the previous couple of years,” Eurosport pundit Wilander stated. “It is form of the identical Serena that we have seen over time.
“And at her age, except she modifies one thing a bit of bit, turns into a bit of extra inventive, I do not suppose Serena can overpower all these ladies as of late as a result of they serve effectively, they hit the ball exhausting. She’s form of competing with the identical sport in opposition to the ladies at present.
“She wants to inform different those that ‘pay attention I have been enjoying this sport for 22 years, I acquired 23 majors. I want to vary one thing and that is what I’ll do’.”
Wilander didn’t imagine Williams had an opportunity to finish her quest for a record-equalling twenty fourth main at Roland Garros.
“I believe Serena is in the identical boat as Federer. Which is ‘let’s go to the French Open and let’s hope that we will win a match or two or three’,” Wilander stated.
“After which that will likely be an unbelievable bonus in her confidence, within the expertise of enjoying matches in an enormous stadium courtroom with hopefully some folks within the crowd.
“After which she will be able to take that recent expertise to Wimbledon after which carry it via to the U.S. Open.
“Can she beat Iga Swiatek? After all, we all know Serena can beat anybody, just about on any given day. However can she do it seven matches in a row on clay? Extremely uncertain.”
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