Serena Williams has thoroughly dominated women’s tennis in the last couple of decades. Serena has clinched 23 Grand Slam titles, the record in the Open era. Currently, she has taken a sabbatical from tennis because of the hamstring injury she faced at Wimbledon 2021.
Patrick Mouratoglou, in a recent interview, talked about the journey he has had with Serena. Mouratoglou has been coaching Williams for the last 10 years. Under his direction, she has won 10 Grand Slam titles as well as several WTA titles. He also highlighted the responsibilities that Serena carries since becoming a mother.
Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou’s journey
In a recent interview, Patrick discussed his partnership with the former World No. 1.
He said, “We’ve been through an incredible journey, winning 10 Grand Slams, being number one in the world for three and a half years in a row and she’s been through a lot. She has had a baby, she feels she has this extra responsibility.”
Serena Williams with coach Patrick Mouratoglou as they head to training before the start of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
Further, he continued, “And you see how many more women that are playing tennis and that are competing at the highest level, thanks to the doors that Serena and Venus opened. So yes, she feels the pressure, but also there is nothing better than to feel like that you’ve been able to inspire a whole generation of players.”
Mouratoglou highlighted the fact that Serena faces extra pressure as now she’s a mother too. However, both Venus and Serena have inspired millions of tennis players across the globe, he added. Indeed, it’s difficult to overstate the impact that Serena has had on the WTA tour. Her brilliance on the pitch, as well as her charisma off it, has helped elevate the game to a bigger stage.
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Williams’ hamstring injury
Serena Williams played her last professional match at Wimbledon 2021. In the opening round itself, she suffered a major hamstring injury in her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Following her injury, Sasnovich received a walkover. On the other hand, Williams was absolutely gutted to bow out of the tournament she had entered as a favorite.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Since then, the 23-time Grand Slam winner hasn’t given any updates regarding a return to the tour. Millions of fans across the world are waiting to cheer for the American again. When do you think Williams will make her comeback?