‘Brought a Little Bit More Suspense’ – Maria Sakkari Believes Serena Williams’ Return Will Benefit WTA Immensely

Published 06/21/2022, 10:30 AM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Maria Sakkari of Greece reaches for a backhand against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic (not pictured) on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari is one of the best current-generation tennis players. The 26-year-old is currently world number 5 in WTA rankings. Coming from a brilliant run in Berlin, she will be confident going into the Eastbourne international. Notably, the grass court competition is also going to be the comeback tournament of American tennis star Serena Williams.

Speaking about the same, the 26-year-old was all praise for the legendary tennis player.

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Maria Sakkari calls Serena Williams the greatest female athlete of all time

Showing her excitement on the return of the legendary player the world number 5 was full of praise. Recalling how she grew up watching Serena and Venus, she expressed her happiness to see her back on the court.

“I grew up watching Serena and Venus because my grandma is a tennis freak,” Sakkari said. “I just feel like it’s very good for tennis that she is back and I think that it brought a little bit more suspense.” She said.

Speaking further, the 26-year-old said that the 23-time Grand Slam champion can be a potential threat if she manages to win some games and gets the momentum. Also, the Greek hailed Serena as the greatest female athlete of all time.

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“I’m sure that everyone wants to avoid her, especially if she wins a few matches. She will start feeling good about her game and she is Serena Williams. She is the greatest female athlete of all time.” Sakkari concluded.

Serena has got everyone excited about her return. It will be interesting to see what 40-year-old has for us on offer.

Serena to play in Wimbledon 2022

American tennis legend Serena Williams is the center of all discussions right now. The 23-time Grand Slam champion surprised everyone with her announcement of playing in this year’s Wimbledon Championship.

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Notably, the 40-year-old last played in 2021 Wimbledon, where she retired midway through her first-round match because of a hamstring injury. The return was least expected, especially after the announcement of the entry list for Wimbledon 2022, which had no mention of Serena.

Serena Williams in action during her first round ladies’ singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on centre court on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Serena will partner will Ons Jabeur of Tunisia to play in the doubles competition of Eastbourne International. This will work as her preparation going into the Wimbledon Championship.

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Although everyone is super excited about Serena, it will be a challenge for the 40-year-old to make a comeback at such an age after a long gap. Nevertheless, we can’t wait to see the same old ferocious Serena back in action.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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