In an interview to Eurosport, Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou commented on the improvements the American player has made throughout the tournament. Mouratoglou said: "After the second round I felt something changed.
She re-connected with herself, I do not know how much is related to the discussion we had after the second round because we had a strong discussion. I was not happy about her on-court behavior. She was not playing the way she should.
Then she turned focused, aggressive and confident. Her quarter-final match was almost perfect. Perfection does not exist in tennis but there wasn't anything negative about that match. She was not pushed, though, but she moved quite well.
The performance was one of the best, I would say the best since she became a mother." Before the match between Williams and Svitolina, the former world No. 1 Mats Wilander had said: "Svitolina is moving incredibly well.
In the past, Serena has struggled against players playing that kind of tennis and I do not think Svitolina will be too defensive today. She will be more aggressive than usual. She knows that if she only defends, she will not win.
She needs to be able to do both. She needs to give a lot of balls back and make Serena hit more. So we will not see the Svitolina we used to see but the better Svitolina in terms of being more aggressive."