Serena Williams going through ‘difficult period’

Serena Williams is going through a "difficult period", her coach Patrick Mouratoglou admits

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Serena Williams is currently world No1 Photo: Mirsasha/Flickr

Serena Williams is going through a “difficult period”, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said.

World No1 Williams suffered her earliest Wimbledon defeat since 2005 last month as she lost to France’s Alize Cornet in the third round at SW19.

She is in the mood to get back to training so she can return even stronger

Patrick Mouratoglou

The 32-year-old American has not been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 2014, but Mouratoglou says she is already focused on attempting to regain her form at the US Open next month and also denied suggestions of a rift between the pair.

“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,” Mouratoglou told Tennis Magazine France.

“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.

“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.”

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