Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said Serena Williams needs to “change her strategy” and “face reality” after failing to win a Grand Slam title since she returned to tennis.
Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that he and Serena Williams need to come up with a new strategy and goals to help her capture another title.
Since returning from giving birth to her daughter in September 2017, Williams has lost four major finals. The American 23-time Grand Slam singles champion was recently knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round by China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang.
Mouratoglou said: “We have to accept the fact that it is not working. Maybe come back with a different angle, a different strategy and different goals so she can make it.”
“She does feel positive, she feels negative too because it is a failure when she doesn’t win a Grand Slam. We have to face reality, but she is positive that she can make it otherwise she probably wouldn’t be on a tennis court anymore,” he added.
She has been coached by Mouratoglou since 2012 and has won 10 of her Grand Slam singles titles under his supervision.
The coach emphasized: “She believes she can make it and I believe it too. She’s not that far, but we have to change a few things.” After her loss to Qiang, the 38-year-old admitted that she made “far too many errors to be a professional athlete”.
Four months after giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams returned to tennis with the goal of breaking Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
In January, she won her first title in three years and first since becoming a mother at the Auckland Classic but Mouratoglou called her Melbourne performance “disappointing”. He said: “We didn’t expect at all to be losing so early, or to be losing at all.”
Mouratoglou pointed out: “Her level is good enough but we have to understand what is going on and why she is not able to win one. There is a big difference between reaching a final and winning one.”