Following an injury at last year's Roland Garros, Serena Williams did her best to recover in time for the Australian Open and chase the eighth Melbourne crown. Delivering her best tennis since returning in 2018, Serena defeated five rivals to reach the semis, including triumphs over Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep!
Setting eyes on the trophy, Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the battle for the final, leaving Melbourne mighty disappointed. Serena made too many unforced errors against the young Japanese, wasting an early lead and falling short after bouncing back to 4-4 in set number two.
Serena's coach Patrick believes that she is still eager to seek that 24th Major crown, making an unbelievable effort to compete on a high-level again following a daughter's birth at the end of 2017. Next spring, Serena returned to the court and reached four Major finals in 2018 and 2019 at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing all four and suffering tough defeats to Victoria Azarenka in New York last September and now to Osaka in Melbourne.
Serena Williams will try to win the 24th Major title.
"I don't think Serena will stop until she at least wins a Major; she came back to win more of those. She doesn't quit, and I don't think that she planned retirement for this certain moment.
Serena has dedicated all her life to tennis since she was a kid. The day she retires, she will feel like she's giving an end to 40 years of life; it's difficult to measure for people. That's why it's very sensitive and emotional; I completely get it.
We both have to believe in that. If she doesn't, she will stop. After everything she has achieved in her career, at her age, having a baby for the first time and a family - it was an incredible effort to come back to tennis, both mentally and physically, and with so many hours to get back in shape.
She would never even start that if she didn't think she was able to win a Major. That's how Serena is really exceptional. She puts the standards so high for herself, and she finds a way to match those, whatever she does," Patrick Mouratoglou said.