Brutal truth emerges ahead of Serena Williams return at Wimbledon

Tennis pundit Barbara Schett has put a dampener on the excitement surrounding Serena Williams’ return at Wimbledon, predicting the 23-time grand slam champion will struggle after 12 months out.

Serena sent the tennis world into meltdown on Tuesday when she announced she was accepting a wildcard for the grass-court grand slam.

The 40-year-old hasn’t played since she was forced to retire hurt in the opening round at Wimbledon last year.

However she will make her return at Eastbourne next week in the lead-up to Wimbledon, teaming up with Ons Jabeur to play doubles.



Reacting to the news on Tuesday, former World No.7 and Eurosport pundit Schett suggested fans should temper their expectations for Serena’s return.

“She hasn’t played for one year, and now she’s decided to take that wild card,” the Austrian said.



“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?

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



“I think with her game style, she has a big serve. If she has been practising, that will help her a lot. But the matter is, how is her movement going to be on the grass court?

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