Serena Williams, whose Wimbledon campaign ended with her in tears and on the verge of fainting last month, is enduring a “difficult period” in her life, her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said.
The world No. 1 was knocked out in the third round of the singles at the All England Club before retiring from the doubles where she had to be led off the court by sister Venus with her problems attributed to a viral illness.
Despite winning Premier titles in Rome and Miami this year and around $2 million in prize money alone, Williams wants her 18th grand slam after failing in three attempts so far this year.
Her last opportunity is the US Open next month. The 32-year-old American won the US Open last year but she has not always enjoyed playing at Flushing Meadows, scene of her most controversial moments.
In 2009, she was defaulted after her tirade at a line judge and in 2011 she was criticized for another outburst at an official, this time an umpire. At least after her Wimbledon disappointment she already seems in a better frame of mind, practicing hard in Croatia and will compete in warm-up tournaments in Stanford, Montreal and Cincinnati before the US Open.