Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou will not be separating following a terrible Wimbledon showing, despite rumours suggesting they would go their separate ways, according to the man himself.
The Williams sisters, together with Venus, have dominated the sport for a number of years, however, the younger and more successful sister of the family, has been beset by a tough year in the Grand Slams in particular.
Serena's tough time came to a head in Wimbledon where she bowed out of SW19 - a competition she has won five times already - in just the third round to 25th seed Alize Cornet.
The biggest and most worrying loss came in the doubles with Venus though. The sisters have also won the Wimbledon doubles five times, yet Serena struggled with illness and looked like a ghost as she suffered a horrific service game. She could barely pick the ball up and had to retire from the match (watch it below).
Her SW19 showing followed an early second round exit from her French Open defence, and the year had kicked off with a fourth round shock to former world no.1 Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open.
Serena has retained her world no.1 ranking, but more disappointment could soon lose her that title, and unsurprisingly it had been suggested that a split with Mouratoglou was on the cards.
However, the 44-year-old has refuted those claims despite admitting all is not well: “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," he told a French magazine.
“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.”
Serena will no doubt enjoy her break from the sport before the hard work will begin again ahead of the hard court season on home soil in North America. Its been a tough time in the calendar with back-to-back majors, but the US Open and higher-ranking warm-up events don't start until August.
Flushing Meadows will present Williams with another chance to defend a Grand Slam title following her success in 2013 in New York. That success followed four other wins for the local favourite.
Even if Serena cannot turn around her tough moment, she will go down as one of the greatest female tennis stars of all-time. The powerful hitter has earned the highest amount of prize money than any other female athlete.
Most of the money has come from her astonishing 17 Grand Slam singles titles. To supplement that further, the Florida-born legend has won 13 doubles majors with Venus, two in mixed doubles and four Olympic Gold medals.
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