Venus Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou Pay Tribute to Serena Williams’ Heroic Performance

Published 02/19/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Despite an incredible run until the Australian Open 2021 semifinals, Serena Williams failed to clinch her 24 Grand Slam title. She lost to 2019 champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets 3-6, 4-6. However, the 39-year-old inspired everyone with her perpetual passion for the sport. And athletes from other sports also congratulated her for the same.

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Similarly, Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams, penned down a motivational message for the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

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“Will stands by your side”: Mouratoglou to Serena Williams

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her quarter-final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Since 2012, the French coach has been an integral part of Serena’s success on the women’s tour. With incomparable achievements, they also have seen many losses together.

Considering that the American won her last Major in 2017, Patrick knows how big the semifinal loss is for her. But he is also sure that the end is not anywhere near.

In an attempt to cheer her up, he shared a quote about champions with Serena’s exit picture. “A champion is not defined by their wins, but by how they recover from their losses,” Patrick wrote.

Furthermore, he promised to continue his journey with her until she achieves the ultimate prize. Along with that, he also wished Naomi Osaka for the Australian Open 2021 final against Jennifer Brady.

“I know you will try over and over again, Serena, and I will stand by your side until you are proud of what you have achieved. Congratulations to Naomi and best of luck in the final,” he added.

Joining Patrick, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, reposted her sister’s heart-warming message. “So proud of you, you are my hero.”

To sum up, Serena is yet to win her 24 Grand Slam and equal Margaret Court’s all-time most Major titles record. Therefore, she will not rest but come back stronger.

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Naomi Osaka pays her respect to Serena

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi-final match REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The three-time Grand Slam champion has openly expressed her admiration for Serena. Even before and after the match, Osaka mentioned how lucky she is to play with the tennis queen. Truly, the mutual respect between the two has melted every tennis fan’s heart.

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Moving forward, the 23-year-old will face the 22 seed, America’s Jennifer Brady in the final. If Naomi converts a win in the finals, it will be her second consecutive major title she had participated for.

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Purav Joshi is a 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 500 tennis articles.

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