Serena Williams has been told she needs to get back on the court playing matches in order to return to her world-beating best.
That’s the opinion of tennis legend Rod Laver.
Serena Williams was defeated in the round of 32 at the French Open last week.
The American suffered a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Sofia Kenin in Paris, crashing out of the Grand Slam at the earliest point since 2014.
Her conquerer, Kenin, was beaten by the eventual winner Ashleigh Barty in the following round.
Williams confirmed after the match that she would not play any warm-up matches before Wimbledon this year, partly due to injury.
Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told Reuters that the star needed some time off to recover from the problem.But Laver insisted that the 37-year-old needs to get back on court.
“For me she needs to be out on the grass and play matches,” Laver declared.
Serena Williams has been told she needs to get back on court
Serena Williams was beaten in the French Open
“She seems she has got all the strokes which she seems to pull out for a month or two.
“But she is better off learning the pressure, learning to volley a bit better and just do not go for an ace all the time, but put first serve in 90 per-cent of the time.
“She does not have a plan with volleys, that’s what makes her get in trouble sometimes.
“But generally, because she is so strong and ability wise move around she finds herself losing and the other girls are not hackers, they are brilliant and they do not try and hit a winner on the groundstrokes, maybe they are just gonna drop it short.
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“You’ve got to get yourself back into the game again. And so, you know, I think it’s the way you play, if you compete for all the game, every match, every ball, every point. And I think that is the way I played.
“Maybe that helped me get over some of the pressures, that I didn’t get the pressure, because I didn’t lose a lot of these matches, that — there were chances that came up, and I’m not going to be down 15-40 all the time. You know, I found myself up 15-40.
“And I think that takes some of the pressure away.”