Serena Williams’ disappointment after her loss at the US Open has her coach questioning whether she should play the remainder of the season.
Williams, who is scheduled to play in the China Open next week and the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of October, is still “resting” after her Sept. 11 semifinal loss to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci, which some called the biggest upset in women’s tennis history.
Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams’ coach, claimed that her mood is not necessarily compatible with returning to competition.
Mouratoglou stated in a phone interview with espnW from France:
“When she lost in Toronto [in August], she was very disappointed, but we went back to practice the morning after because she wanted to win the US Open. But after this year and the three Grand Slams [she won in 2015], the question is how high her motivation is to play those tournaments. I don’t think she should play if the motivation is not really high.”
Williams was extremely upset and brief with her comments following the Vinci loss. She did not want to talk about how much disappointment she felt as well as the weight of her own expectations.
“Because she lost [the semifinal] match, she says to me her season is not good. But I like that because it’s just about having high expectations and that’s what champions have and I think the same way. I don’t think the strategy was wrong, but I think she was not in the right mindset that day for her tennis, which happens, but usually I find a way to make her be better on those days and on this day, I did not.”
The 34-year-old is one title short of tying Steffi Graf’s career total of 22 Grand Slam championships and three behind Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.
“I don’t doubt she will have the motivation to win more Grand Slams and reach records. I’m just thinking about the end of the season, and I don’t know how high the motivation is, and I don’t think she should go play competitions if her motivation is not high enough. She was two matches away from something really big, so it was very painful.Any loss is very painful for her, but this one even more than usual, so it just takes time to recover from it. When the motivation comes back, which I don’t doubt it will, then it will be time to start tournaments again.”
In addition, Mouratoglou states:
“I have no doubt the motivation will be there and no doubt she’ll be the same Serena. She just won four Grand Slams in a row and got to the semifinals of a fifth. It’s not time to doubt whether age will affect her. She has a lot of time left.”
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