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'Serena Williams cannot express herself any more and it hurts her,' says coach

Serena Williams ahead of Australian Open

Serena Williams feels she 'cannot express herself anymore' on court due to the pressures of history, says coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Williams has not won a major for four-and-a-half years now, although she has come painfully close having lost five finals.

One more would see her set a new all-time record of 24, and Mouratoglou believes that may be creating the mental blocks she has so far been unable to conquer.

"If I knew the secret, I would make it a lot easier for Serena," Mouratoglou told Eurosport.

"But playing for a 24th title like Serena has been is a new pressure altogether, it is one match for history. Sometimes, it is one set for history.

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"This is the highest pressure possible. Even though these guys are the best in the world to deal with pressure, sometimes it is too much, sometimes it catches you, sometimes you get too nervous or too angry because the emotion is too difficult to control.

"When it comes to Serena, I think there have been some traumas in the last years – maybe she feels like she cannot express herself any more and I don’t think it’s good for her.

"I think she is good when she is herself. I don’t feel like she is authorising herself to be herself in several moments in big finals and I think this hurt her."

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