Serena Williams’ attempt to clinch her 24th Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court has taken on the connotations of a curse in recent years. The American champion did not take the field from Wimbledon, when an injury (following a disastrous fall on Center Court) forced her to retire already in the first round.
As the months go by, it becomes increasingly unlikely that Serena will be able to find the perfect two weeks against young and aggressive opponents. The recent outbursts of Fernandez and Raducanu are yet another indication of the generational change taking place, which certainly does not speak in favor of Williams.
In spite of a career bordering on science fiction, there have been moments of crisis for the American. During a recent interview with ‘AFP’ microphones, Patrick Mouratoglou recalled the beginnings of his collaboration with Serena.
When the French manager joined his team, the former world number 1 had just suffered a severe first-round defeat at Roland Garros in 2012. Like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in men’s tennis, the Williams has found the motivation to return to shine.
Mouratoglou on Serena Williams
First and foremost, the French coach Patrick Mouratoglou explained that Serena Williams had not been herself when they started working together. But interestingly, he could see still the champion within her.
“At the very beginning, she was very lacking in confidence. She was not herself. But I knew who she was,” Mouratoglou said. “I’m at the restaurant; she runs towards me with a smile, telling me, ‘it’s great, whatever happens now I’m third in the world on Monday!’” Mouratoglou continued.
“I told her, ‘So what? I’m surprised you find that great; explain it to me.’ In the evening, she texted me: ‘Sorry for what I said earlier. Number three, it sucks, number two also. She pulverized everyone at the Games.
In the final, it’s 6-0, 6-1 against Sharapova! This is where she played the best tennis of her life, she was untouchable,” Mouratoglou exclaimed. Between 2014 and 2015, Serena won all four Grand Slams in a year, famously known as the ‘Serena Slam.’ Indeed, it was one of the most distinguished runs made by any tennis player.
“She didn’t lose a match on clay that year. She won Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros, Bastad. Even Rafael Nadal never did that,” Mouratoglou concluded. 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams recently spend some quality time off the court with her 4-year-old daughter, Olympia.
She went on a vacation with her and it seems as if she is recovering really well from her hamstring injury.