Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Extends His Wishes to Legend Martina Hingis on Her 41st Birthday

Published 10/02/2021, 12:57 PM EDT


5-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis recently turned 41 on September 30, 2021. The former World No.1 is a legend of the sport and has many records against her name. Interestingly, she also ended up as the runner up of the US Open 1999- the tournament where Serena Williams won her first major.

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Even though Martina Hingis took retirement from tennis in 2017, she continues to be an inspiration for many youngsters. Many believe that it was her who motivated an entire generation of tennis in Switzerland, even before Roger Federer.

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Patrick Mouratoglou wishes Martina Hingis on her 41st birthday

On her 41st birthday, Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou extended his best wishes to Hingis. He put a picture of himself along with the tennis legend on his Instagram story and congratulated her.

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou watches Serena Williams of the United States practice. Day nine of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 16, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)

“Happy Birthday Martina Hingis,” wrote Mouratoglou in the caption of his Instagram story.

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The Serena Williams- Martina Hingis rivalry

In a span of just 4-5 years, Serena and Martina played each other on 13 occasions. Intriguingly, it is Serena who leads the head-to-head battle 7-6.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Apart from facing each other at the US Open 1999 finals, the two crossed their paths in the finals of the Canadian Open 2000 where Hingis won the match after Williams retired even before completing the last set. In the last clash of their career at the Miami Open 2002, it was Serena who thrashed Hingis in straight sets. Surprisingly, she even bageled her in the last set.

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The Serena-Martina rivalry would have been had many more interesting tales if injuries had not ruined the latter’s career. Despite that, the Swiss player continues to be a legend of the sport, who is one of those players who held the No.1 spot in both the singles and doubles category simultaneously for a period of 29 weeks.

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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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