Serena Williams needs to ‘face reality’, says coach Patrick Mouratoglou

Serena Williams has been coached by Patrick Mouratoglou since 2012

Serena Williams must “swap her approach” and “face actuality” after failing to take a Huge Slam title since returning to tennis, says her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

The American 23-time Huge Slam singles champion, 38, has misplaced four predominant finals since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017.

She became knocked out of the Australian Initiate within thethird sphericalfinal month.

“We now need to accept the true fact that it is no longer working,” acknowledged Mouratoglou.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: “Perchance near again with a odd perspective, a odd approach and assorted targets so she can be able to salvage it.

“She does feel dash, she feels adversarial too since it is miles a failure when she would now not take a Huge Slam.

“We now need to face actuality, but she is dash that she can be able to salvage it otherwise she doubtlessly would no longer be on a tennis court docket anymore.

“She believes she can be able to salvage it and I consider it too. She’s no longer that far, but now we accumulate got to swap a couple of issues.”

Williams acknowledged she made “far too many errors to be a talented athlete” when she misplaced to China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang in Melbourne.

She has been coached by Mouratoglou since 2012 and has won 10 of her Huge Slam singles titles below him.

She returned to tennis four months after giving birth to daughter Olympia with the target of breaking Margaret Court docket’s file of 24 Huge Slam singles titles.

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In January, she won herfirst title in three yearsand first since changing accurate into a mother on the Auckland Traditional – her 73rd WTA title total – but Mouratoglou says her performance in Melbourne became “disappointing”.

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“We did now not inquire of in any admire to be losing so early, or to be losing in any admire,” he acknowledged.

Mouratoglou added: “She had every little thing to retire, 23 Huge Slam titles. Nonetheless she determined to return again, she determined to salvage the whole efforts, the physical efforts, the psychological efforts, to return again to the recreation, with the target to come by more Huge Slams and beat the all-time file.

“It’s bright to know how many chances she can accumulate, I compose no longer know how lengthy she’s going to be succesful to play, but being ready to reach four Huge Slam finals says loads about her stage, and he or she’s no longer that far.

“Her stage is correct sufficient but now we accumulate got to understand what’s occurring and why she isn’t any longer ready to take one. There is a tall disagreement between reaching a final and winning one.”

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