World No. 1 Serena Williams has clearly been growing through a rough patch in her professional career following her surprising upsets at the French Open and Wimbledon Championships. While many fans and pundits had placed blame on her souring partnership between Williams and her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, it appears that is not the case.
Williams’ longtime coach told French media that the two will continue their partnership for the foreseeable future and that Serena is looking forward to training hard in preparation for the upcoming hard court portion of the season.
“Serena is clearly going through a difficult period. But after Wimbledon we had many hours of discussions and we have restarted our work,” Mouratoglou said. “Today, she is in a state of mind where she wants to train hard to come back strong. At no time was there any question of our collaboration ending.”
The American lost in the third round of the Wimbledon Championships to Alize Cornet, and would then retire in her doubles match with Venus Williams after hitting four consecutive double faults. Williams is yet to win a Grand Slam title this season.
When pressed if a personal rift had occurred between the two during Wimbledon, Mouratoglou said, “There were complicated things and it is true that Serena is in a difficult phase, but I’ll leave it there.”
Williams is scheduled to compete next at the upcoming Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.