“Have More Negative Emotions Than Positive”: Patrick Moratoglou on Serena Williams’ Wimbledon Championships 2021 Retirement

Published 07/03/2021, 2:21 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Last Tuesday was yet another unfortunate setback for Tennis legend, Serena Williams. The former World No.1 was forced to retire from the Wimbledon Championship 2021 following a mid-game injury. Even though the crowd tried cheering her on, the 39-year-old walked off the court, covering her face and breaking down to tears.

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As painful as it was to watch, Serena’s quest for a title was once again put to a halt. However, reflecting upon the changing times, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, explained why Serena is not just the best but also “Why she’s so strong”.

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

“We have more negative emotions than positive”- Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams exit

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Sadly, there’s been more agony than ecstasy for the American Star of late. Serena was considered one of the favorites to win the title, going into the tournament.

Hence, her mid-game slip broke hearts all around the world, starting from Serena’s herself. However, Coach Patrick still believes the scars of the 2018 US Open final loss don’t compare to this withdrawal for Serena Williams.

“The 2018 US Open was another level of this kind. We have more negative emotions than positive at this stage of a career”, he said.

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Serena’s legacy is unquestionable. With 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, it is also unmatchable.

However, maintaining this legacy can sometimes be tougher than creating it, especially if you’re Serena Williams. “A real joy, when you’re Serena, is only when you win a Grand Slam, and we are waiting for that moment now (since the 2017 Australian Open), whereas the first five years (together) were full of ecstatic joys (10 Slams between 2012 and 2017). That’s part of the job and there’s nothing we can do about it now, this retirement belongs to the past”, said Coach Patrick.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Serena has no time to waste 

As Serena Williams left the court on Tuesday, she, like every other fan, had one question on her mind. What’s next?

While the world speculates a retirement, Serena prepares herself to return. Highlighting the one thought on the American’s mind, Coach Patrick said, “I must say that Serena spontaneously turned the page. It was just the two of us driving out of the stadium, and her only questions were how to bounce back. “What’s the next step?”. 

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Serena Williams’ attitude is a show of her resilience, her spirit, and her drive to be the best. However, her brilliance on the court has nothing against her character strength off the court.

“She was in the solution mode. Rewriting the story was not her business. That’s why she’s so strong”, he said, emphasizing her greatness, we know her for.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Fans around the world eagerly wait for Serena to pick up the racquet once again. Eagerly awaiting, they pray for a speedy recovery and have the privilege to watch her return to the court she so clearly belongs to.

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