Patrick Mouratoglou met the press on Wednesday ahead of Serena Williams' match against Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon semifinals. The Frenchman feels confident about Williams' chances. "She's in a good place at the moment.
She's happy. Her husband is here, her daughter is here, and she's pain-free now for three weeks. When you focus on your pain every day, it's very difficult to prepare well for tournaments. You compete with pain, so it's difficult to focus on the match because you're suffering.
Now things are different. And when she's playing, she's 100 percent focusing on the game and on winning. She's raised her level when it was necessary, which is one of her trademarks, and this is back, so everything's positive", said Mouratoglou, who believes that equalling and then eventually breaking Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles record is a huge motivation.
"That's why she came back to playing tennis after having a baby and so many medical complications. The effort she's put in, I've never seen something like this. You have no idea how hard she worked to come back to that level, and she came back for that, so it will probably mean a lot if she makes it.
If she's well prepared, even though she's not playing her best tennis in the first matches, she's most of the time able to find a way through."