Patrick Mouratoglou backs Serena Williams to chase 24th Major title
Playing on the highest level since returning to tennis in the spring of 2018, Serena Williams reached the Australian Open semi-final, losing to Naomi Osaka in straight sets.
Giving her best in the quest for that elusive Major crown, Serena was disappointed with how she played and how many errors she made against the Japanese, leaving the press conference in tears and saying nothing about her schedule. Working with Serena since 2012, Patrick Mouratoglou has won many notable titles with the American and shifted her game to a higher level.
Patrick believes that Serena is still eager to seek that 24th Major crown, making an incredible effort to compete on a high-level again following birth at the end of 2017. Serena returned to the court next spring and reached four Major finals in 2018 and 2019 at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing all four and suffering another tough Melbourne loss against Osaka.
"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 would stop. After all 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," Patrick Mouratoglou said.