Serena Williams unsure how long she will be out for, but already in ‘solution mode’, says Patrick Mouratoglou
Serena Williams knows the nature of the injury that she picked up at Wimbledon, but is still not sure how serious it is and how long it will keep her out of tennis, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner made a heartbreaking exit from the grass-court Grand Slam on Tuesday after she fell on a slippery Centre Court in the fifth game of in her opening match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
After a lengthy medical timeout for treatment on her ankle, Williams played only a handful more points before retiring.
Mouratoglou says although extremely disappointed after her sad exit from the tournament, the tennis great was quick to look to the future, adding she is already walking.
“It was just the two of us driving out of the stadium, and her only questions were how to bounce back. ‘What’s the next step? Where should we do the MRI? etc.'” he told Tennis Majors.
“She was in the solution mode. Rewriting the story was not her business. That’s why she’s so strong.”
He added: “We are expecting the result of the clinical assessment. The manual test gave us an idea of the nature of the injury, not how serious it is.
“We’re waiting to see for how long she’s supposed to be resting and, obviously, the consequences in terms of preparation for the next one, in nine weeks. Time will fly. She’s walking, which is a good sign, and it excludes very bad possibilities.”
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