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Ace trainer helps bring back Serena from brink

LONDON: Meet the man behind Serena Williams’ audacious bid to win a third consecutive Wimbledon title having hardly hit a ball since lifting the trophy last July. American trainer Mackie Shilstone has made a name for himself fine-tuning the performances of thousands of athletes, most notably boxers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones jnr and former baseball star Ozzie Smith. He has also worked on the fitness of the actor John Goodman – no mean feat, indeed.Now Williams has turned to Shilstone to fast-track her return from a year-long hiatus from the game, after being left incapacitated by a cut to her foot and then the discovery of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.

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