Serena Williams is on notice, courtesy of her longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou. In an interview with wtatennis.com, Mouratoglou said despite her recent withdrawals and not having played a Slam since her 2017 Australian Open triumph, Serena will play the French Open and will play with the intent on winning a 24th major.
“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 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.”
Since giving birth to Olympia last fall, Serena has played just two events losing in the third round at Indian Wells to sister Venus and to Naomi Osaka in her Miami opener.
“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.”
Many betting outfits have Serena as the second favorite behind Simona Halep at Roland Garros.
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