I didn't want Serena Williams to get hurt last year, says coach


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I didn't want Serena Williams to get hurt last year, says coach

In a conference call at the Australian Open, Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou commented on the keys to success. The Frenchman believes many things need to be put together in order to get to the highest level.

"I think it's a combination," Mouratoglou, who has been working with Williams since June 2012, said. "First of all, you need your body to work perfectly well to compete at the highest level, and I think the transformation of the body for a woman when she has a baby is huge, and to get back to what it was before, you need time and you need a lot of exercise, but not exercise for two months.

It's a long process. "And more than that, for many months, you can't do what you want to do, because the body is not able to do it, so you have to go really step by step. So you can't practice. And, for example, before Roland Garros, I didn't want to make her move on the court because I thought it was dangerous for her.

I didn't want her to get hurt. So she was practicing staying on one side, and then she has to compete at Roland Garros. And then there is the emotional part also and the transformation between -- I mean, yeah, she's a professional tennis player and she becomes a mother and it's a big transformation in her life, and I don't think that it's something that you deal with easily.

You know, you need to also adapt to your new life, and I think it took time too." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title