Tennis legend Serena Williams will be making a comeback to the Women’s Tennis Association tour at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. The 40-year-old had fallen off after missing the last few Grand Slams and has dropped significantly in rankings.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion managed a wildcard entry into the main draw this time around and is looking to win her eighth title in a bid to inch one win closer to match Martina Navratilova’s record nine.
Should she win the Wimbledon this year, she’ll have matched Margaret Court’s haul of 24 Major. All that’s left is to win seven matches over the course of two weeks. Here’s a list of the people that the American will have to beat to get to the finals.
In her first match, Williams is scheduled to play Frenchwoman Harmony Tan. An odd pair up considering Tan’s ranking sits at 113 and Serena holds a strange 1204. But it’s unlikey to matter, as Tan has a mediocre 3-2 win/loss record on grass. The furthest the Frenchwoman has got in a tournament is a semifinal finish at the WTA125 Veneto Open.
Sarra Sorribes Tormo
Sarra Sorribes Tormo had a wonderful start to her season but a poorly-timed injury had her bail out of the French Open. While the Spaniard went on to win her first match at the Eastbourne International, she eventually lost to Yulia Putintseva. She’s no expert at grass, only getting as far as the second round at the SW19.
William is most likely to go up against Karolina Pliskova should she make it to the third round. The Czech player has recorded a 2-2 this season where she reached the finals of the Berlin Open but suffered a loss in the very first round of the Eastbourne International. This is the first time that the two will be going head-to-head on grass.
Coco Gauff/ Amanda Anisimova
Should she make it past the Czech player, it’s a toss-up of who Williams might play. It might either be Coco Gauff, running on a high after reaching her very first Grand Slam Final at the French Open or Amanda Anisimova, who has reached the fourth round of both the Australian, and French Open.
Simona Halep is most likely to be the one heading towards a clash with the Williams legend at the Wimbledon 2022 quarterfinals. The Romanian hasn’t had a good start this season, losing at key moments without warning. Interestingly enough, Halep beat Williams at the 2019 Wimbledon final. If nothing else, revenge is likely to be the name of the game.
People are calling it the most eagerly awaited clash of Wimbledon 2022, Iga Swiatek going squaring up against Williams. Currently holding the title of World No. 1, she’s been on a blistering 35-win streak and may be able to make it a square 40 should she make it through to the Grass Major.
Obs Jabeur. That’s right, none other than Williams’ doubles partner at the Eastbourne International. The two reached the semi-finals but the Tunisian pulled out because of a knee injury. She also recently won the Berlin Open and is currently ranked as the World No. 3. Should the two find themselves facing each other, the crowd at Wimbledon 2022 is bound to find itself entertained