Serena Williams and her coach Mouratoglou are motivated to go for the gold medal at the postponed Tokyo Olympics, even though they planned to get the awaited medal this year. Besides targeting the gold medal, Serena can enter the history books and become the first tennis player to win the Olympics in an odd year.
“She and I (Serena) were looking forward to striking gold again at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, but the goal has only been postponed to 2021… which gives us yet another motivation: become the first tennis player to win the Olympics on an odd year!” said Patrick Mouratoglou on Instagram.
Williams already has four gold medals, but only one of them was obtained in the singles draw, achieved during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. To get on the top place of the podium, Serena beat Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and, finally, Maria Sharapova with a smashing 6/0 6/1.
“The 2012 London Olympics were just the second tournament of our collaboration with Serena, the second played at Wimbledon — and the second she won both in singles and doubles. Eight years later, it remains one of my favourite memories with her also because she has played some of the best tennis of her career”.
pointed out Mouratoglou. However, it is to be noted that even though Serena Williams manages to obtain the gold medal in 2021, the Olympics will wear the name Tokyo Olympics 2020, as per the International Olympic Committee’s decision.