Serena Williams in 'Difficult Period', Says Coach Patrick Mouratoglou

Patrick Mouratoglou, who has long been romantically linked with Serena Williams, refused to elaborate on any problems the American was suffering or if the two had split either personally or professionally.

updated: July 17, 2014 09:33 IST
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Serena Williams gestures after losing a point to Alize Cornet of France during their womens singles match at Wimbledon.

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Paris: Serena Williams, whose Wimbledon campaign ended with her in tears and on the verge of fainting, is enduring a "difficult period" in her life, her French coach said on Wednesday.

The world number one was knocked out in the third round of the singles at the All England Club before retiring from her doubles where she had to be led off the court by sister Venus with her problems attributed to a "viral illness".

Although her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou refused to discuss the American's current mood, he did admit that the 32-year-old was facing a series of challenges in a season where she has yet to get beyond the fourth round at any of the Grand Slams.

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