‘Serena Williams will be ready at French Open,’ vows coach despite recent defeats

Serena Williams ‘will be ready’ to challenge for the French Open title despite faltering recent form, says coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Williams has struggled on clay so far, losing to Nadia Podoroska in Rome and then suffering a second early exit in as many tournaments in Parma this week, where she lost to Katerina Siniakova.

However, despite those defeats Mouratoglou believes Serena will be a force once again at Roland Garros, saying she has proven before she does not need a huge amount of preparation to perform at the biggest events.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mouratoglou said: “I think she lost because she was not ready.

“I don’t know, but maybe it was not a good idea to go and play in Parma after losing in Rome because her match in Rome showed a lot of things that still needed to be worked on to be able to compete at the highest level.

“I think it’s always interesting to play matches because it gives you a clear vision of where you are, so that was good in that way because we know what she still needs to accomplish in order to be ready for Roland Garros.

“I’m not worried in general because if she does the job she will be ready. It’s just about doing the job.

“I’ve always said regarding Serena that it’s all about her and it’s still all about her.”

“When I saw her before the Australian Open for preparation, I thought ‘wow’ – a lot of work to get ready.

“But in a short period of time she was able to really hit great form. It didn’t take her too much time to get ready.”

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