Serena Williams displayed her dominance at the Rod Laver Arena to march into the fourth round at Australian Open 2021. Post the victory, the former World No. 1 detailed why her relationship with coach Patrick Mouratoglou is giving positive results.
Patrick Mouratoglou has been coaching Serena Williams for nearly a decade, and their collaboration has reaped massive success for the 39-year-old.
Serena was asked the significance behind choosing to work with coach Mouratoglou, and the 23-time Grand Slam champion delivered a detailed response:
“I don’t like change. I’ve never looked at any coaches, I’ve always been coached by my dad and my mom, and when I met Patrick, I wasn’t looking for a new coach. I was just looking for some advice and it just was very natural. So, I loved what he said and he had a very similar coaching style to my dad and he didn’t try to change my game he just enhanced things that I already knew,” mentioned Serena Williams.
“Sometimes, you have to hear from a different individual, things that you may have heard a million times and sometimes just clicks differently. So I just felt like I needed that and you know when he first started it was him and my dad that were still together working,” she further added.
Serena Williams also stated how she still has the capacity to learn new things, decades after turning pro. The opportunity to work with Patrick Mouratoglou has opened up new learning avenues for the veteran tennis player, and she still has many levels to unlock!
Serena didn’t hold her momentum from the start till the end, but the 39-year-old veteran got the better of Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova in straight sets to bring up her 90th Australian Open victory.
Serena got off to a shaky start in the first set, but it was Potapova who felt the full force of it towards the end. Both players broke each other’s serve twice and eventually forced a tie-breaker to make things more interesting.
Potapova had a chance to clinch the first set early at 5-4. But her service routine suddenly faltered, and the 19-year-old committed five double-faults, after which there was no possibility for a comeback.