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U.S. Open Postcard: Serena Williams prepares for a long day Thursday

Serena Williams, of the United States, serves to Taylor Townsend, of the United States, during the opening round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (Jason DeCrow)

New York — Last night Serena Williams faced a tough youngster in Taylor Townsend. She prevailed 6-3, 6-1. After the match, we recovered the shoulder and had a light stationery bike session to clear the lactic acid from the stop and go.

Then we went to the indoor facility to work on serves. From there, we went back to the U.S. Open fitness center to work on core and shoulder stability.

Thursday, we not only have a singles match at noon New Orleans time, but also a doubles match later in the afternoon. Again, it will be a very long day in the big leagues of world class tennis.

I asked Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou what you can learn from playing an up and coming future star like Townsend in the first round of the U.S. Open?

“Playing an up and coming young player is a real opportunity for tennis top five,” Mouratoglou said. “They can see weaknesses with more clarity. In the future, they (the rookies) will work on those (weaknesses) and cover them up, but it is always better to know in which situation and on what stroke they struggle more.”

Wise thoughts front the coach of the world’s best female tennis player.

Mackie Shilstone, a regular contributor to | The Times-Picayune, has been involved in the wellness sports performance industry for nearly 40 years. He is currently the fitness coach for Serena Williams, has trained numerous other professional athletes and consulted a litany of professional sports franchises. He is St. Charles Parish Hospital’s Fitness and Wellness expert. Contact him at