“Real-Life Superhero”: Serena Williams Coach Recalls Historic Moment at Australian Open

Published 01/28/2021, 1:09 PM EST
Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotion to the crowd after winning her Women’s Singles semi-final match against Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine on day eleven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Today is a historic day in the history of tennis. It was four years ago today when the tennis queen Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2017. The moment was remarkable as Williams won the title despite the fact that she was two months pregnant while playing at the Grand Slam.

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Recently, Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, shared her pictures of winning the Grand Slam four years ago. The coach also wrote a beautiful message with the post.

“Four years ago today, this real-life superhero won her 23rd Grand Slam while two months pregnant,” wrote the coach on Instagram.

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It was a Slam in which Serena emerged as the undisputed champion. She didn’t drop a single set and defeated her sister and 7-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, in the finals. It was quite an emotional moment for the Williams sisters, and they even hugged each other after the match.

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Mouratoglou certainly believes that it has been an honor for him to coach the American legend. He further wrote that he was blessed to be a part of Williams’ historic journey.

“I am blessed to participate in your historic journey, Serena Williams,” concluded the French coach.

Serena Williams with coach Patrick Mouratoglou as they head to training before the start of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. On June 28, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it was also the last time when Williams won a Grand Slam title. After that, she took a small break from tennis in 2017 and hasn’t been able to win a major after the delivery of her daughter Olympia.

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Post the Australian Open 2017, Williams has played four Grand Slam finals- two each at the Wimbledon Championships and at the US Open. However, she lost all four of them, and since then, her quest for the 24th Grand Slam title is still on.

Williams will begin her 2021 campaign at the Australian Open 2021. At 39, this might prove to be her last or second last shot at the Australian Open title. Before that, she’ll play even play an exhibition match against Naomi Osaka in Adelaide. Will Williams be able to win her 24th major and equalize Margaret Court’s Grand Slam tally in Melbourne this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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