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Fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone helps Serena Williams regain Wimbledon glory

wwltv.com | Posted on July 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS — Local fitness guru Mackie Shilstone was once again one of Serena Williams’ weapons in her fight to reclaim a singles title at Wimbledon Saturday, helping her train for this comeback as he has for many years.

The renowned fitness trainer, who has worked with Williams since 2008, said that in light of Williams’ health issues in recent years, her victory Saturday was even more exciting.

“It’s an incredible win, especially when you look at her and you see where she came from, from a pulmonary embolism which could have killed her,” he told Eyewitness News.

“All the training that we did – including working in the pool to improve oxygen function – everything that she’s gone through, I could just see the emotion come out,” Shilstone said of the win.

“She’s an incredible human being,” said Shilstone, who is based at East Jefferson General Hospital and has worked with top athletes locally and nationally for years.

Williams won her fifth singles title on Saturday, beating Agnieszka Radwanska. Then five hours later, she and her sister Venus Williams were back on Centre Court to beat Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles final. It was their fifth Wimbledon doubles title together.

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