“Screwed Everything Up”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Reveals Serena Williams’ Biggest Disappointment

Published 10/21/2021, 10:47 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE September 26. Serena Williams of the United States training with coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2020 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on September 26th 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Pressure is one of the most crucial aspects of any sport; it separates the greats from the ordinary. Remarkably, tennis queen Serena Williams has succeeded the nerves on more occasions than most athletes in the world. However, sometimes even the greatest of all-time players fall prey to pressure. Recently, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed Serena’s biggest disappointment in her career.

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It happened at the US Open 2015, where Serena was trying for the Calendar Grand Slam. Notably, she had already won the three previous major tournaments of that year and was two matches away from making it four in four. But eventually, the pressure got to her, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slipped away.

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Patrick Mouratoglou reveals Serena Williams’ emotions after US Open 2015 SF loss

Time and again, Coach Patrick Mouratoglou has claimed that playing for history comes with incomparable pressure. In a recent interview, he shared the same point about Serena Williams’ US Open 2015 campaign.

“Those last years four times, one match for history, which is again the highest pressure I think you can have in sports. It’s a real hurdle to go through, so she suffered lots,” Mouratoglou began.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: Serena Williams of the United States appears to have an injured hand during her practice session with her coach Patrick Moratoglou before the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the French coach revealed the impact the US Open semifinals’ loss against Roberta Vinci had on Serena. But before that, he emphasized that if she had won it, it would have been five Grand Slams on a trout, including four in a single calendar year.

“And she lost in semis against Vinci, and she told me a month after she lost this match in the semifinal of US Open, she said, ‘To me, I feel that I worked all my life for that moment and I screwed everything up.’ And this is a strong statement,” Mouratoglou concluded.

But despite the loss, the 23-time Grand Slam champion continued to break down barriers and chase new records in the sport. At 40 years old, she is as passionate about tennis as she was two decades ago.

When will Serena return on the tennis tour?

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So far, it is still unknown when Serena will come back on the WTA Tour. Earlier, Mouratoglou had confirmed that she is taking her time to decide, and even he doesn’t know the answer yet. 

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

Above all, both fellow athletes and fans would hope for Serena to return next year. Not to forget, her quest for the missing #24 Grand Slam is still on.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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