Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Serena's Comeback, Her Greatest Challenge, Coach Says

Serena's Comeback, Her Greatest Challenge, Coach Says

Venus Williams gave a scouting report on her warmup partner that sounded the same as always.

Sharapova won Indian Wells in 2006 and 2013, but because of her suspension, she hasn't been able to play here since 2015.

"She's got power, depth".

She said: "It's been hard". Dimitrov, who won the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, the biggest title of his career, won the Queen's crown in 2014 and went to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Serena Williams believes now is the "perfect time" to return to the WTA Tour in order to gauge her progress ahead of the year's remaining Grand Slam tournaments.

Serena Williams is eyeing her first French Open title since 2015.

Mouratoglou said it might take her some time to build up her form and confidence, but that he is confident she could do it.

"I think everyone should have high expectations", Williams said in an on-court interview after her loss.

Her coach certainly does. But Williams says she's aiming to be back at her best - apparently more than comfortable with coach Patrick Mouratoglou's comments to wtatennis.com that her goal for this season "will be to win Grand Slams".

Venus already knows what to expect.

"This is a good sign for me, now I'm ready for the future". [But] I think we can say without doubt that this is her biggest challenge.

Williams was in action at the Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden to warm up for Indian Wells. The remainder of the field included Sorana Cirstea of Romania and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who retired a year ago. There she indicated she can return to the top of the game.

This moment for Williams is one she never expected.

"That would be nice because I was inspired by the likes of Tiger Woods, who had a foundation, Andre Agassi had his foundation, it definitely made me also start my own".

Vandeweghe, a NY native, jumped at the chance to play at MSG. And also by giving her daughter a meaningful chance to watch her play. I don't want to keep sitting on the sidelines thinking about it and not doing it'.

Mouratoglou said Williams would take time to build form and confidence.

She was on the United States team in last month's victory over the Netherlands in North Carolina and enjoys seeing both Williams sisters still playing well.

"It [still] feels different", Serena said in quotes reported by the WTA Tour.

However, the 33-year-old said her timetable would depend on how her body holds up to training. "There have been so many days, even still, when I'm like, 'how am I going to keep going?'" It's a great sport.

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