In an interview with ESPNW, coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed Serena Williams might not play against this season. Now 34, Serena is still scheduled to play in Beijing next week, but Mouratoglou doesn’t know where Serena’s motivation to compete is at after failing to complete the Calendar Slam at the US Open where she was stunned by Roberta Vinci in the semifinals.
“Because she lost match, she says to me her season is not good,” Mouratoglou said of Serena who had won four straight Grand Slam tournaments. “But I like that because it’s just about having high expectations and that’s what champions have and I think the same way.
“I don’t doubt she will have the motivation to win more Grand Slams and reach records,” he said. “I’m just thinking about the end of the season, and I don’t know how high the motivation is, and I don’t think she should go play competitions if her motivation is not high enough.”
Mouratoglou added that he takes some responsibility in Serena’s loss to Vinci. The Frenchman admitted he didn’t have Serena in the right frame of mind for what was at least on paper an easy match.
“I don’t think the strategy was wrong, but I think she was not in the right mindset that day for her tennis, which happens, but usually I find a way to make her be better on those days,” he said. “And on this day, I did not.”
Serena, who has already clinched the No. 1 ranking, is also scheduled for the WTA Championships in Singapore starting October 25. She won the title there last year.
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