January 12th marks a special day in the illustrious career of Serena Williams. On the same date last year, Williams won her first title since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September 2017. The American defeated Jessica Pegula in straight sets in the final of the 2020 ASB Classic to clinch the title.
To make this day more special, Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, uploaded an Instagram post to pay a special tribute to the superwoman. In a heartfelt post, Mouratoglou fondly remembered the one-year anniversary of the first title Williams won after becoming a mother, despite the hardships she went through.
Coaching Williams since 2012, Mouratoglou has seen the 23-Grand Slam champion emerge stronger from each obstacle in her way. Despite pregnancy-induced problems, Williams has incredibly handled the taxing demands of the tour along with taking care of her daughter.
“A year ago today, Serena reached a new milestone: she won her first title as a mother, at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She doesn’t need to prove anything at that stage – but she did prove the world that she still has it in her, no matter the circumstances, no matter the challenges. Let’s make 2021 a memorable one,” said Mouratoglou.
With the 2021 season an important one for the 39-year-old Williams, Mouratoglou hopes of making it a memorable year. Williams is one Grand Slam title away from her dream of equaling Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 major championships. However, she has lost in all her last four Grand Slam finals appearances.
The former World No.1 last won a Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open. With the 2021 Australian Open about to begin in less than a month, Williams’ will aim to end her losing streak in Grand Slam finals and achieve the historic feat.