Don't expect Serena Williams to bow out early at Wimbledon like she did in the French Open. She will dominate the third quarter of the women's draw on her way to the semifinals.
Grass is Williams' natural element, according to ESPN's Chris Evert, who said:
I think grass is so much more suited to her game and her style, and she’s so much more comfortable on the grass. Yeah, I think knowing how competitive she is, she’s going to be full blast. She has to definitely be one of the top ones, if not the top one, in my book.
Williams' first-round opponent, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, shouldn't give her any trouble. Williams destroyed her when the two of them met up at the Australian Open, and she did it while working through an injury, according to ESPN.com.
From there, Williams will likely be tested by Zheng Jie and Sara Errani, both of whom will provide a tough challenge. Finally, defending champ Petra Kvitova will be waiting for Williams in the bottom of the quarter.
It's not going to be an easy draw for Williams, but she has the right mindset heading into the tournament, and her physical gifts have never been in question.
She recently told reporters, via the AP:
I love competing. I love the challenge. I love holding up trophies...I love stepping out on that court, having that atmosphere, that moment. That moment is all about me. Maybe it's a little selfish, but I love that feeling.
It's obvious that Williams isn't in the game for the paycheck. She wants to win and has the fire to do so.
It's been two years since her last major victory. If ever there were a fitting venue for Williams to return to form, though, it's Wimbledon, where she's won four times in the past.
Williams will plow through the first five rounds and be a force to be reckoned with in this year's Wimbledon semifinals, and I won't be surprised in the least if she goes on to win the whole thing for the fifth time in her career.