LONDON, Great Britain: Former men's World No.1 Andy Murray says it is likely that seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams will add to her collection of titles this year in SW19.
Speaking on television following Williams' 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Camila Giorgi, Murray was impressed with her performance and her recovery from the pectoral injury she incurred at the French Open as well as her route back following her maternity leave.
"Coming back from giving birth, she looks like she's in great shape," Murray told the BBC. "After Indian Wells, Miami, she spoke a little bit at the time that she'd maybe come back a little bit too soon. She then went away and did a pretty hard training period to get ready for the French Open - didn't quite happen for her there.
"She's playing extremely well here, and it would be tough to bet against her [winning the title] now that she's this far into the tournament."
The two-time Wimbledon champion also commented on the depth of the women's draw, praising the performances of this year's semifinalists.
"Kerber and Serena are the most experienced, but you look at someone like Ostapenko, obviously won the French Open last year. She hits the ball huge from the back of the court. She's quite up and down in terms of her results, but you feel once she gets on a roll she's also going to be tough to stop, so it will be interesting to see how she does against Kerber - that'll be a good match.
"Kerber is a brilliant athlete, physically extremely strong, and for her the mental side of the game is extremely important because of the way she plays - she doesn't get loads of free points, knows she has to work very, very hard...now she seems like she's back to where she was, focused on the tennis and chasing every ball down."