Serena Williams is going through a "difficult
period," according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, fuelling
speculation about what is affecting the top-ranked WTA player. There
have been rumors of potential rift between the two, who have also widely
been reported to be dating.
Williams retired during a doubles match at
Wimbledon, apparently disoriented and hitting four double faults when
serving her first game of the match. The official reason given for the
withdrawal was "viral illness." Mouratoglou said he had not seen her for
two days before the match, following her third-round defeat to Alize
Speaking to France's Tennis Magazine,
Mouratoglou would not comment on whether they still had a personal
relationship but confirmed that he was still coaching Williams.
"Serena is clearly going through a difficult
period. But since Wimbledon, we have had long hours of talks and we are
getting back to work," the French coach said. "Today she is in the mood
to get back to training so she can return even stronger. At no time was
there any question of us stopping our collaboration."
Mouratoglou would not confirm or deny that there
were problems between the two, and gave no details about Williams'
"I have never discussed private matters and I am
not going to talk about them now. There have been difficult things. For
sure, Serena is in a difficult phase but I will leave it there," he
Williams withdrew from this week's event at
Bastad, saying she was not 100 percent ready to return.