Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou started working together in 2012, winning numerous titles and leading Serena towards history's greatest players. Serena claimed her 23rd Major title at the Australian Open 2017, making a break from tennis after that and returning the following spring.
Eager to chase that elusive 24th Major crown, Serena lost four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, failing to make that last push and secure the title that she has been waiting for so long. Following an injury at last year's Roland Garros, Williams recovered in time for the Australian Open this February and chased the eighth Melbourne crown.
Delivering her best tennis in the last couple of years, Serena defeated five rivals to reach the semis, including notable victories over Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep! Setting eyes on the trophy, Williams faced Naomi Osaka in a blockbuster clash and suffered a 6-3, 6-4 defeat, making too many errors and falling despite making a good start.
Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou said that the American was highly disappointed after the loss, feeling she had the game to finally claim that 24th Major title and write history.
Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about Serena Williams' Australian Open campaing.
"I think Serena can play very well on clay; she has to be very fit because the serve is not as efficient on clay, and you have to work much more to win the point; every rally is a fight.
But I feel if she's ready and at 100% physically, then she can be very dangerous on clay as well. The level is high, but I still believe that Serena can win any Major when she is at her best physically. Serena was extremely disappointed after the Australian Open loss because she felt ready to win it; her level was high in Melbourne.
Serena felt it might be her chance, and she left Australia mighty disappointed about her performance against Osaka. Naomi played on a high level, and Serena couldn't match that level. It's always difficult to take positive notes when you have a big disappointment, but I told her that her fitness was great and that we have to keep working like that.
There is a hurdle that we need to pass, but she's been close so many times. You have to be as fit as possible, so that's the plan. Of course, there's always a mental fight against pressure and yourself, which is part of what tennis is about," Patrick Mouratoglou said.