Serena Williams Is Told to Rest, but Should Be Ready for Wimbledon, Her Coach Says

PARIS — Serena Williams, who withdrew from the French Open before her fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova because of pain in her right pectoral muscle, is expected to play Wimbledon, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said.

In an interview on Thursday at Roland Garros, Mouratoglou said Williams had been told to “rest for 15 days” before returning to action.

“It’s a muscular injury, and if she had continued here, it would probably have become a tear,” Mouratoglou said. “So in 15 days, it should normally be healed, and she will be able to play again.”

Williams, 36, has won seven singles titles at Wimbledon and, if healthy, will be among the favorites on the grass courts of the All England Club. Officials there will have to decide whether to give her a seeding even though her current ranking, No. 451, is a long way from the top 32.

Mouratoglou said Williams would return to the United States before coming back to Europe to train at his academy in southern France. She will arrive in London the week before Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.

Mouratoglou expressed displeasure that Williams, who had not played a Grand Slam tournament in 16 months and had not played any tournament since March, chose to play doubles as well as singles at the French Open.

She and her sister Venus were beaten in the third round, a match Williams played despite experiencing pain in her pectoral muscle when serving the day before in her third-round singles victory over Julia Görges.

In Mouratoglou’s view, the double duty contributed to her risk of injury in Paris.

Will she play doubles at Wimbledon, too?

“If she does, the same thing to me again, it’s incredible,” he said. “Normally no and with the discussion we had afterward, it’s impossible. But with her, you never know. She’s unpredictable.”

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