US tennis star Serena Williams ‘not focusing on 24th grand slam title’, according to long-time coach

Few individuals know Serena Williams higher than her long-time coach.

And if Patrick Mouratoglou is true, Simona Halep could also be in strife in Tuesday’s Australian Open quarter-final towards the 23-times grand slam champion.

Mouratoglou believes Williams, regardless of closing in her fortieth birthday in September, is transferring higher than she has in years.

He additionally claims the American is “not as obsessed” with matching Margaret Courtroom’s all-time document 24 singles majors than up to now.

Since touchdown main No.23 at Melbourne Park 4 years in the past whereas three months pregnant with daughter Olympia, Williams, shackled by her personal burden of expectation, has misplaced 4 grand slam finals – all in straight units.

However Mouratoglou says his famous person cost, extra relaxed in motherhood, not feels a necessity to validate her place as arguably the best participant girls’s tennis has ever seen.

“Clearly she got here again to tennis to win another grand slams, in order that’s for positive the objective, however now she’s not as obsessive about the 24 than most people within the tennis world,” he stated on Monday.

“However undoubtedly she desires to win grand slams. That’s the one motive why she got here again to tennis.”

If she doesn’t, Williams’ long-time mentor is content material that the seven-time Australian Open champion’s legacy is safe.

“There’s tennis earlier than the open period and tennis after the open period. Everyone knows it’s two completely different sports activities,” Mouratoglou stated.

Serena Williams of the United States plays a backhand.
Digicam IconSerena Williams of the USA performs a backhand. Credit score: Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Photos

“It’s an newbie sport and an expert sport. Doesn’t make actually sense to evaluate.

“But it surely’s most likely enjoyable to discuss beating information, which is one thing that I perceive.”

Of extra concern to the Frenchman has been restoring the veteran’s on-court athleticism.

“For positive she is transferring higher than the final three years. Little question about it,“ Mouratoglou stated.

“It’s one thing that we’ve put the emphasis on as a result of in tennis that’s most likely one of the necessary issues.

“In case you are late on the ball, you may’t do what you need to do. Generally you don’t even contact the ball.

“It’s a sport the place you could have to give you the chance to transfer quick from aspect to aspect and lengthy sufficient.

“It’s one thing that most likely within the final two, three years, this had penalties for Serena.

“If you happen to can’t transfer properly, there isn’t a Plan B. The one plan is assault.

“I believe it price her just a few necessary matches.”

Few gamers within the sport transfer higher than the lady standing between Williams and a spot within the final 4 for a ninth time at Melbourne Park.

Second-seeded Halep trails Williams 9-2 head-to-head, however crushed the American for the lack of solely 4 video games within the 2019 Wimbledon last.

The winner this time round will play world No.3 Naomi Osaka or unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei on Thursday for a spot within the last.