“Rare Achievement”: Serena Williams’ Coach Hails 15-Year-Old Tennis Prodigy for Winning First WTA Match

Published 04/14/2021, 8:32 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during a practice session REUTERS/Loren Elliott


15-year-old Czech Republican tennis player Linda Fruhvirtova won her first match on the WTA Tour. It was a memorable occasion as she beat French tennis player Alize Cornet, a former World No. 11 player. However, the one blip for the teenager was that Cornet had to retire from the match. 

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Taking note of this incredible achievement, French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou hailed the teenager. For a 15-year-old player to win a match on a big stage is commendable. The super coach has followed the progress of the young Czech athlete keenly. He wants her to keep up the good work and believes that there are many more victories destined for her. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou watches as Serena Williams of the United States practices on court during training for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The 50-year-old coach went on to social media and stated, Winning a WTA tour-level match at age 15 is a rare achievement. Congratulations to Linda, who I have seen growth every step of the way since she was 10. First of many!⁣ Wishing Alizé a speedy recovery.”

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Patrick Mouratoglou coaches top tennis players on Tour

Patrick has been the coach of many top players on the Tour but his association with American legend Serena Williams stands out. He has guided Williams in her previous 10 Grand Slam titles. Mouratoglou also coaches Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas and American teenager Coco Gauff

MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 08: Alize Cornet of France celebrates after defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 during day three of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 8, 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Reflecting on the match between Linda and Alize, the French tennis player was down a match point but saved it and kept her chances alive. However, she was let down by her serve and the youngster capitalized on her weak second serve. In the entire match, Cornet was broken an incredible 10 times. 

Unfortunately, she had to retire at 4-4 in the deciding set. Nonetheless, the 15-year-old Linda deserves all the praises in her effort to overcome the threat of the fourth-seeded player. She faces American tennis player Emma Navarro in the next round.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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