Patrick Mouratoglou believes Serena Willaims is still eager to seek that ‘elusive’ 24th Major crown after failing once again in at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Mouratoglou who is the coach of the Tennis great says his athlete has been making an unbelievable effort to compete on a high-level again following a daughter’s birth at the end of 2017.
Serena returned to the court and reached four Major finals in 2018 and 2019 at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing all four and suffering tough defeats to Victoria Azarenka in New York last September and now to Osaka in Melbourne.
“I don’t think Serena will stop until she at least wins a Major; she came back to win more of those. She doesn’t quit, and I don’t think that she planned retirement for this certain moment.
Serena has dedicated all her life to tennis since she was a kid. The day she retires, she will feel like she’s giving an end to 40 years of life; it’s difficult to measure for people. That’s why it’s very sensitive and emotional; I completely get it.
We both have to believe in that. If she doesn’t, she will stop. After everything she has achieved in her career, at her age, having a baby for the first time and a family – it was an incredible effort to come back to tennis, both mentally and physically, and with so many hours to get back in shape.
She would never even start that if she didn’t think she was able to win a Major. That’s how Serena is really exceptional. She puts the standards so high for herself, and she finds a way to match those, whatever she does,” Mouratoglou said.