According to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams is having the same knee issues that Rafael Nadal has suffered from.
“It’s the same as Rafa,” Mouratoglou told ESPN.com. “It’s just playing for so many years, the cartilage is [almost] gone. Not all of it, but a big part, so the bones just hit themselves.
“She has bone bruises, and if you keep on playing with this for too long, too much, the next step is a stress fracture.”
The 34-year-old Serena hasn’t played since her stunning and crushing loss in the US Open semifinals, denying a chance at the calendar Slam. Mouratoglou admitted that Serena’s suffered from depression, but injuries have forced her off the tour including having to skip the WTA Finals.
“There was no other option, and we knew that at some point we had to do it, because she plays with pain all the time,” Mouratoglou said. “The injury can get really worse, and at her age her career could really be in danger if she went too far and got more injured, like Rafa did in the past.
“He kept on playing with the same problem and then it got worse and he had to stop for almost a year, we don’t want this to happen. She is 34, if she has to stop for a year then it is really bad for her future.
“I’m not a doctor, she has treatment, but I know without rest there is no chance because you keep on hitting the bones all the time.”
Despite the injury, he added that Serena is already back on the tennis court. And while she has missed the last month or so of the WTA season, Serena is still expected to be ready to play the lucrative IPTL Series in Asia next month and then another exo at the Hopman Cup to start 2016.
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