‘Serena can be dangerous on the clay’, warns coach Patrick Mouratoglou

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou is confident about Serena's chances ahead of the Rome Masters & French Open.


Serena Williams is the only player on the women’s tour to have won all the four Grand Slams. In fact, she is also the only player since the great, Steffi Graf to have won all the Slams, at least twice. The American star currently sits on 23 Majors, and has been eyeing the record of Margaret Court (24), for the past few years.

Although Serena has found the going tough since becoming a mother, she is determined to do well at the upcoming French Open. The 39-year-old last won Roland Garros in 2015. She has been victorious in Paris on three separate occasions (2002, 2013 & 2015).

Serena hasn’t played on the tour after getting knocked out at the Australian Open early in the year. She will also miss the Madrid Masters next week, but will make her presence at the Rome Masters, ahead of the French Open.

Serena Williams is ready and 100% fit for clay

Serena Williams

Speaking on Serena’s progress and chances on the clay, coach Patrick Mouratoglou said, “Serena is ready and 100% fit for clay”.

“I think she can really play very good on clay. She just has to be really very fit because on clay the serve is not as efficient and you have to work much more. Every rally is a fight. But I feel if she’s really, really ready, physically 100 percent, then she can be very dangerous on clay, as well.”

“The level is high but I still believe that, when Serena is 100 percent at the top of her physical form, she can win any slam.”

Serena withdrew from last year’s French Open after her first round due to an injury and is currently ranked No.8 in the world. Regardless of her form and lack of match practice, she remains one of the biggest threats in Paris.

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