World number five Maria Sakkari says Serena Williams is ‘the greatest female athlete of all time’ as the American prepares for a Wimbledon comeback.
Williams has not played a singles match since limping out of her first round on Centre Court last year with a hamstring injury.
She has openly admitted she had doubts if she would ever return, but Wimbledon has lured her back into the fold and Sakkari is exited to see it – as long as she doesn’t have to play her!
“She is the greatest female athlete of all time,” Sakkari said. “I grew up watching Serena and Venus because my grandma is a tennis freak.
“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.
“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.”
Serena Williams is 40-years-old, has not played a singles match for a year, and is unseeded at Wimbledon.
However, Sakkari is not the only top current player to admit they are desperate to avoid her in the Wimbledon draw.
“Of course I don’t want to play against her,” WTA world number four Paula Badosa said.
“I hope the draw goes for another player, because of course no one wants to play against Serena and less on grass. So let’s pray for that.”