Williams has struggled with damage over the previous yr, with shoulder and knee issues growing her frustration all through the season.
And the American — who turns 35 subsequent week — is refusing to place a date on a comeback, as an alternative specializing in ensuring she’s near full health earlier than making a return.
“I am uninterested in enjoying tournaments unhealthy and taking losses that I might by no means lose,” Williams advised CNN on the unveiling of her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s new tennis academy close to Good.
“I undoubtedly need to make sure that I am wholesome and enjoying at my greatest or a minimum of eighty% wholesome or 70% wholesome — that method I can be capable of play at a better degree.”
Whereas she refused accountable the damage for the loss, the outcome meant she managed to land only one grand slam title in comparison with the three she gained a yr earlier.
“We have now to be trustworthy — it has been a nasty season for her,” he advised CNN. “She’s been injured so much, which makes it worse as a result of she could not play a lot.
“She performed solely eight tournaments, which is actually, actually, not a lot. For Serena, any outcome that isn’t a title is a nasty end result — so a remaining of a grand slam is a nasty outcome for her. We will not be glad with one grand slam ultimate and two finals misplaced.
“It is a dangerous yr, there are various explanations however we’ve got to study and be higher subsequent yr and that’s undoubtedly the aim. This isn’t satisfying in any respect.”
Whereas Mouratoglou was joyful to debate Williams’ travails of the previous 12 months, the world No. 2 was altogether extra terse.
Requested about her reflections over the previous season, Williams stated: “Yeah I am not speaking about that so …”
Williams was extra forthcoming when requested about her style line which loved a displaying at New York Style Week.
She unveiled the Serena Williams Signature Assertion fall assortment, introduced by HSN, final week, and says the enterprise dedication has little impact on her tennis. And with a day’s relaxation between matches on the US Open, Williams was capable of maintain one eye on her style line.
“It is easy for me as a result of once I’m on the courtroom I am actually, actually targeted,” she added. “I am enjoying each different day so I’ve loads of time simply to undergo small issues. I’ve an exquisite staff that I work with they usually actually do numerous the work.
“I feel they get just a little bit intimidated once I are available and alter the whole lot and say, ‘It needs to be this manner.’ In order that’s additionally actually cool.”
So what’s harder — enjoying on the US Open or planning a style present?
“I do not know,” she stated. “I feel they’re fairly equal. Style might be somewhat simpler I assume however at the very least in a grand slam I can management what occurs.
“In a trend present I can not mandatory management what individuals might consider the clothes you set a lot work into.”
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