Serena Williams will return to tennis after her pregnancy, rather than retire, believes her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Williams revealed this week that she is expecting her first baby, with the 35-year-old due to give birth in September.
That will rule Williams out for the remainder of 2017 and has prompted speculation that she could be ready to call it quits, but Mouratoglou is expecting her to return next year.
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"Saying exactly when she will come back is not something she cares about right now, but she does not want to stop there," Mouratoglou told AFP.
"She won the last Australian Open and will probably become world number one next week. She feels she can still dominate tennis."
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Mouratoglou also confirmed that Williams is eager to surpass the all-time record of Australia’s Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slam singles crowns. The American’s tally of majors is 23.