Serena Williams was unsure when asked if she will play all the three remaining Grand Slams, including Roland Garros, this year, after skipping the Australian Open. But her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, interviewed by the New York Times, revealed something important about her schedule.
Serena plans to play Indian Wells and Miami in March, then in May Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, Wimbledon, a hard-court event in North America in August in preparation for the US Open and WTA Finals in Singapore, if she makes it into the top 8 of the Race.
'She can’t do seasons like 2013 or 2014', Mouratoglou admitted. 'In 2013, she won 11 tournaments. That was herculean. She doesn’t have the same age, and I’m not sure she even wants that anymore.
The focus for her will be on the big moments.' Mouratoglou is also confident about Serena's return: 'She’s coming back because she believes she can win, otherwise, she wouldn’t be coming back.
It’s that simple.' The tennis history teaches us that mums can be successful, but it is different than the past according to Mouratoglou: 'Tennis players have come back after pregnancy and succeeded, yes, but not at this age.
All the ones who did it were 10 years younger.' ALSO READ: Ongoing nightmare for Victoria Azarenka, who has withdrawn from WTA Doha .