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Serena coach hints at rest after US Open heartache

AFP logoAFP 30-09-2015
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Serena Williams of the United States reacts against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their Women's Singles Second Round match on Day Three of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP © Provided by AFP NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Serena Williams of the United States reacts against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their Women's Singles Second Round match on Day Three of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Serena Williams's coach raised the prospect of the world number one skipping the remainder of the season on Tuesday as she struggles to come to terms with her failure to clinch a calendar Grand Slam.

Patrick Mouratoglou told ESPN that Williams was intensely disappointed.

"She was two matches away from something really big, so it was very painful," said Mouratoglou.

"Any loss is very painful for her, but this one even more than usual. So it just takes time to recover from it, and when the motivation comes back, which I don't doubt it will, then it will be time to start tournaments again."

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