“Stressful and Traumatizing”: Patrick Mouratoglou Reveals Serena Williams’ Mental Battle During US Open Final Against Naomi Osaka

Published 02/17/2021, 12:51 PM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan cries after winning the Women’s Singles finals match alongside runner up Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 has reached its semi-finale stage and fans will witness an exciting clash tomorrow. World No.3 Naomi Osaka will be up against her idol and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. The stakes will be really high as both the players are in superb form at the moment.

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Recently, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed what he would expect the match to be. He believes that everyone will watch a pretty tough battle tomorrow.

“I expect a huge battle against Naomi. First, they are the two most powerful players, two very physical players. I believe that both of them will want this match very strongly, so we can expect that every point will count and will be fought for very hard,” told the French coach to Essentially Sports.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan hugs Serena Williams of the United States after winning the Women’s Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The coach highlighted that the first point of every rally would be crucial to both the players. He believes that it will help them to dictate the game and establish an early hegemony over one another.

“I expect that the first shot of every rally will be very important because it will allow the players to dictate or not, so you should be ready for a battle of serves and returns,” added Mouratoglou.

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Mourataglou also expects a mental battle between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

The coach also reflected that there would also be a mental battle between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. He explained it by using the reference of the US Open 2018 finals in which Naomi thrashed Williams and won her maiden Grand Slam title.

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams of the U.S. talk to the media at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

“I also expect a mental battle as Serena has had a stressful and traumatizing experience versus Osaka in the US Open final. She will have to overcome that and also win the fight within herself,” concluded the coach.

Mouratoglou certainly believes that Williams will have to overcome her past experience and win the fight against herself first. The two players faced each other at the US Open 2018 finals and Williams was not even to win a set in that match. She’ll certainly like to take revenge on Naomi and earn a ticket to yet another Grand Slam finale.

Fans will get both the finalists of the Australian Open 2021 tomorrow. It”ll be intriguing to see whether it will be the mighty Serena or the World No.3 Osaka.

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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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