Mouratoglou - Serena won't give up

24 February 2021 01:36:47 GMTPlus11

Patrick Mouratoglou says he cannot see Serena Williams retiring from tennis until she has at least equalled Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

The American has 23 majors to her name, the last of those coming when she beat sister Venus 6-4 6-4 in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

I don't think she will stop until she at least wins (another) Grand Slam.

Patrick Mouratoglou

Since then she has become a mother and has made no secret of her desire to prove to her daughter she can do anything by adding to her tally post-pregnancy.

However, she has so far failed to get over the line and match Court's benchmark of 24, losing in the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open in both 2018 and 2019.

The 39-year-old most recently lost out in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, losing 6-3 6-4 to Naomi Osaka, who went on to beat Jennifer Brady in Saturday's final.

Williams left her post-match press conference after the Osaka defeat in tears, but Mouratoglou does not expect her to give up.

Although the Frenchman, who has coached the world number seven since 2012, admits the right-hander has been hit hard by her inability to equal the benchmark, he cannot see her giving up.

"It's something that is difficult to measure for people," Mouratoglou told People, via Tennishead. "That's why it's very sensitive. That's why it's very emotional for her. I completely get it.

"I don't think she will stop until she at least wins (another) Grand Slam, because she came back to win Grand Slams and she doesn't quit. I have to believe it and she has to believe it, too. If she doesn't, she would stop."

Williams is 15.00 to win the French Open this year, 8.50 for Wimbledon and available at 11.00 for the US Open.

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