Serena Williams thought she could win French Open, says coach


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Serena Williams thought she could win French Open, says coach

Patrick Mouratoglou revealed that Serena Williams had some high ambitions heading into the French Open. The American player had not previously played any clay-court event, but won the first three matches before being forced to withdraw due to an injury.

'She's been working for a year, but those weeks just before Roland Garros was kind of a sprint where she gave everything', Mouratoglou explained in an interview to Omnisport. 'The start of the tournament was a bit rough, but she was starting to play better and better and she was starting the second week feeling confident, thinking she can win this one and suddenly because of an injury she is out, so it was very disappointing. If you take a step back you realise that she is playing great, she is competitive and that means she might be able to win more grand slams. I was not surprised [with her French Open run] at all, because I said before the tournament she was ready.'

Mouratoglou added: 'Physically she was ready, it was more about how good a competitor she would be but she is naturally a good competitor so it came back very fast. She has two weeks off to help the muscle to recover, she should be fine for Wimbledon. For sure, with the way she plays she will be dangerous. How dangerous we will see, she's competitive. Serena competitive is not good for the others - but for me it is!'

 

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