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Barbara Schett: Serena Williams will be feared at Wimbledon

Serena Williams will be feared at Wimbledon, pundit Barbara Schett has claimed.

The tennis superstar is set to compete at SW19 later this month following a year off from the game due to injury.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion took to Instagram on Tuesday (14.06.22) where she surprised her followers by announcing that she hasn’t thrown her racket in just yet.

Williams revealed she would be competing at the third Grand Slam of the year after being given a wild card, which was a big shock to the pundit and former player.

She said: “I couldn't believe it.

“I was going through my Instagram account, and then suddenly I see the post from Serena Williams.

"I was like, 'Wow, Serena Williams is coming back. She's playing Wimbledon'.

“Nobody thought that she was going to play there because we had a close look at the entry list. She wasn't entered.

“She hasn't played for one year, and now she's decided to take that wild card. It's very exciting, I think for women's tennis, it's very exciting for all of us to be able to watch her. And I think it's exciting times for her. The question is, just how much has she practised?"

Serena was left in tears last year after she was forced to retire early following a hamstring injury she sustained whilst slipping on the grass in her first round-match at Wimbledon.

Despite officials expressing concerns over her form, having sat out of the tour in 2022 so far, Schett is adamant that other players will be hoping to avoid the 23-time Grand Slam champion in the draw.

She added: “I think if you're out for a whole year, it's very difficult because you're not playing any matches. Even if you only practise a lot. It's not the same.

“But one thing is for sure, nobody wants to play against Serena Williams, so the other 127 players are going to be scared to draw Serena Williams.”

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