Serena is now our clear favorite to win Wimbledon
Well, it didn’t take long for Serena Williams to start looking like Serena Williams again.
In what is unusual for Serena, she has been flying a little bit under the radar. She struggled a bit during her first two matches, but then turned up the heat against big serving and 2018 Wimbledon Semifinalist Julia Georges in the third round, 6-3-6-4. It was vintage Serena, finding great angles with both her backhand and forehand to open up the court, and then finding the open court for easy put aways. Also, as we have come so accustomed to, she absolutely dominated with her serve, winning 74% of first serves, and an outstanding 75% of her second serves in this match. She wasn’t as dominant on the serve against Carla Suarez Navarro. However, she didn’t need to, she completely dominated on her return games, allowing Suarez Navarro to win points on just 56% of her first serves and 38% of her second serves. That’s just mean!
Interesting side note: Serena has been playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray, and at their press conference, when Andy Murray was asked what impressed him the most about Serena, one of the things he stated was seeing how effective and big her serve is. Oh that serve! She’s only like 5-10 too. But she’s deadly with it, and her placement is clinical.
Serena now plays Alison Riske, the American veteran who upset number one seed and Wimbledon 2019 favorite Ashleigh Barty. The draw is completely open now, and with big serving women like Petra Kvitova out of the tournament, you’d have to believe this draw has completely opened up for Serena. She most probably have Johanna Konta in the semifinals, and then play either Svitolina or Halep in the final. Out of all those players, the resurging Konta will trouble her the most. There’s no way Serena loses a Wimbledon final against a clay court specialist like Halep or Svitolina. My money is on Serena to take this Wimbledon 2019 to the bank.