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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 Cornet.

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' challenges.

"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 said.

Williams withdrew from this week's event at Bastad, saying she was not 100 percent ready to return.

 

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