Williams, who turns 40 this yr, has been caught on 23 since successful the 2017 Australian Open, dropping 4 finals since to stay one in need of Margaret Court docket’s document.
However Evert believes Williams, regardless of worries over a shoulder niggle, shall be a giant risk in Melbourne.
“She’s regarded awfully good. If something, she’s regarded most likely higher than anyone else to me,” ESPN professional Evert, twice an Australian Open champion, mentioned forward of the event which begins on Monday.
“Although you do not take into account her an underdog, she nonetheless is so far as rankings are involved. She’s the kind of participant that would come and win this event for positive as a result of the opposite high gamers aren’t match powerful, in my thoughts.
“Serena would not want tournaments essentially as she’s confirmed prior to now 20 years to play her finest tennis.”
The event is happening three weeks later than regular and gamers have had their regular preparations restricted by COVID-19 quarantine protocols.
“She (Williams) seems faster than I noticed her final yr when she was enjoying, even the yr earlier than when she was enjoying,” mentioned Evert who received 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
“She seems like she’s actually improved her motion. Her health seems good. She’s hanging the ball nicely.”
“I’ve watched Naomi (Osaka). I’ve watched (Sofia) Kenin. I’ve watched most of those gamers. Simona (Halep). No one is in high type but. I imply, for Serena to sneak in there and take this title would not shock me in any respect.”