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‘I can’t see Serena Williams winning another major on clay’ says analyst

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Serena Williams is capable of winning an eighth Wimbledon title but will not win another major on clay, according to Andrew Castle.

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Williams’ search for a record breaking 24th Grand Slam title is ongoing, however her preparations for Roland Garros have been underwhelming with a first round loss at the Italian Open and a second round defeat at the Emilia-Romagna Open.

“Her preparation appears sporadic and her commitment to the sport and the work that goes with it just seems slightly less than 100%. But what all the other players in the draw understand is Serena’s 99% is enough to beat 99% of them. She has been a semi-finalist at the last two Grand Slams, so watch out at Wimbledon for that record-equalling 24th major win.”

The French Open is ultra competitive with Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and defending champion Iga Swiatek in the draw. Castle believes the Pole is a strong favourite to regain her title.

“My favourite for the title is Iga Swiatek, the defending champion who won without dropping a set as a teenager last year. Such was the state of the world that her triumph went largely unnoticed outside of tennis but it may have marked the beginning of a clay-court dominance.

“Another to watch closely is former champion Ash Barty. Rather like Dan Evans in the men’s draw, the Australian’s game has a retro feel to it. Her backhand slice gives opponents nightmares and is so effective because it is so rare these days.”


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