After an unfortunate loss at the Australian Open 2021, There was widespread speculation that the former World No.1 Serena Williams was one step closer to ending her fantastic career. However, the coach of 39-years-old American Patrick Mouratoglou believes that his student would conclude her run after at least lifting a Grand Slam title.
A daughter’s mother is still one title short of equaling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record tally of 24 titles. Having a clear intention to create history, Junior Williams is trying her best in every major event in the last couple of years.
Since winning her 23rd crown at the 2017 Australian Open, Serena Willimas reached four finals and two semifinals in the elite tournaments, but she still has not fulfilled one of her dreams.
“I don’t think she will stop until she at least wins a Grand Slam because she came back to win Grand Slams. I don’t think she planned (retirement) for this certain moment. She’s dedicated all her life to tennis since she was a kid,” a famous coach Mouratoglou said in a recent conversation with People.com.
The Frenchman added, “So the day she will retire, she will feel like she’s giving an end to 40 years of life. It isn’t easy to measure for people. That’s why it’s susceptible. That’s why it’s very emotional for her. I completely get it.”
“It Was An Incredible Effort To Come Back To Tennis”: Coach on Serena’s Return
Williams gave birth to a baby girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September 2017. During the delivery, Serena had cesarean- due to a pulmonary embolism, a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. Notably, the 23-time Grand Slam champion returned to training just after six weeks of housebound.
Having a 3-years-old daughter and a family, Serena is playing her best standard tennis today so far. Coach continued, “I have to believe it, and she has to believe it, too. If she (doesn’t), she will stop. After all, she’s achieved in her career, at her age, having a baby for the first time, having a family — it was an incredible effort to come back to tennis.”
Nearly age of 40-years-old, Serena is spending plenty of hours to keep her body in good shape and sharpening her skills.
“Unbelievable effort. Mental effort, physical effort, so many hours to get back in shape. She would never even start that if she didn’t think she could win a Grand Slam. That’s how Serena is really exceptional. She puts the standards so high for herself, and she finds a way to match those standards, whatever she does,” Mouratoglou concluded.