France's Patrick Mouratoglou, the renowned tennis coach of 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, says the American tennis legend has been practising seriously every day as she prepares for a return to the sport later this month.
Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams' preparations for the US Open
Mouratoglou, who has been working with Serena Williams since 2012, spoke to Express Sport in an interview where he gave some details about the training preparations for the former World No.
1. "She's doing well. She's practised really well and as much as she can. When you have a date for your next tournament, that's the extra motivation all the players need because they are used to having short-term goals.
They all have long-term goals but without the short-term goals, it is difficult to have 100 per cent dedication. And she is practising every day, very seriously. When you know you are going to play soon, suddenly you lock-in.
The opportunity to play competition is so important for the preparation and that's why Serena is playing at Lexington because she needs those matches like everyone. The ones that have played and have several matches under the belt is such a huge advantage."
Serena Williams is a 23-time Grand slam champion and is chasing the record for most number of Grand Slam singles titles won in tennis history. The record is currently held by Australia's Margaret Court, who has 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Serena has been World No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions in her career and in all, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks her third in the Open Era among female players behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.
Serena Williams also holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. She has won 39 Grand Slam titles in all in her career so far which makes her joint-third on the all-time list.
Her titles include 23 Grand Slams in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. All her women's doubles Grand Slam titles have come with sister Venus Williams, who is also a former World no. 1. Serena is still ranked in the Top 10 of the current world rankings.