“She Believes She Can”: Serena Williams’ Coach Insists She’s Playing To Lift Her 24th Grand Slam

Published 02/27/2021, 1:15 AM EST
ASB TENNIS CENTER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – 2016/12/30: Tennis super star Serena Williams with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during a training session at ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. She is scheduled to play at the ASB Classic tennis tournament starts on Monday 2 Jan. (Photo by Shirley Kwok/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Serena Williams lost in the semi-final of the Australian Open 2021. Her unfortunate loss came at the hands of the eventual winner of the tournament, Naomi Osaka. After all the preparations the American player underwent, that loss took a toll on her. 

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Recently, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou insisted that the American starlet believes she can win her much-awaited 24th Grand Slam title. The Frenchman felt that Serena has put in a lot of effort and commitment into her game to achieve further success. He believed that her professionalism is what makes her exceptional. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Patrick Mouratoglou: “If Serena Williams didn’t believe she would stop”

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Speaking on this matter, Patrick stated, “I have to believe it and she has to believe it, too. If she [doesn’t], she would 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. Unbelievable effort. Mental effort, physical effort, so many hours to get back in shape.”

The 50-year-old coach revealed that Serena would never have returned to the Tour if she hadn’t believed she could attain further glory. Moreover, he remained in awe as Williams has always outdone herself repeatedly.

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

Mouratoglou spoke highly of the American star and added, “She would never even start that if she didn’t think she was able to 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.”

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Williams won her last Grand Slam title in 2017 at the Australian Open. Ever since then, she’s gotten married and entered motherhood. However, her hunger and desire to claim her 24th Grand Slam title remains high on her agenda. 

The season’s first Grand Slam tournament ended earlier this month. As there are three Majors yet remaining in the calendar year, one cannot rule out the 39-year-old legend whenever she steps on the court. 

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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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