Serena Williams, American Tennis star and former world number one is again on notice as a result of her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Following her withdrawal from two significant tournaments in recent times, and she not playing in Grand Slams since after her victory in 2017 in the Australian Open tournament, Her coach said that she will not only play in the French Open but will play with the intention of winning her 24th major title.
“Serena will play the French Open to win it. Can she do it? Serena can achieve anything – after being her coach for six years, I’m even more sure of that statement,” Mouratoglou said.
After her childbirth, Serena has since taken some time off from the pitch only to make a poor comeback the two times she made an appearance; losing to elder sister Venus and then to Naomi Osaka in the Miami Open in her very first round.
Her coach believes she even came back a bit too early considering the ordeal she went through that almost claimed her life.
“After her pregnancy, Serena had to rebuild her body. When she arrived at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, around April 30, we realized that she was not ready yet. The time she lost after the delivery with all the medical issues she had to go through, was missing,” said Mouratoglou.
“That is the reason why we decided to skip Madrid and Rome as she needed five weeks to be perfectly ready. Then we worked with my team in order to prepare a programme for her to get back in her best shape including nutrition, fitness and, of course, tennis.
“So far, things are going very well. She is working extremely hard, she is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros.
“Serena clearly came back too early,” her coach added. “She was not ready yet but needed to feel the competition, so she decided to play even though she was far from being at 100%. It was a good experience as she realized all the work that needed to be done in order for her to be really ready.” Concluded Mouratoglou.
It is near possible that Serena will make the second favourite at Roland Garros, French Open, directly trailing Simona Halep.