Coach Patrick Mouratoglou has dismissed suggestions Serena Williams is on the verge of retirement, saying she ‘will not stop’ until she wins another Major.
Serena cut an emotional figure after the Australian Open semi-final defeat to Naomi Osaka, having to leave the press conference in tears.
That lead to speculation that knowing it was her final ever match at the tournament was the source of the emotion, but Mouratoglou says that wasn’t the case.
“It’s something that is difficult to measure for people,” he told People.
“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.
Williams has found it tough to get over the line since returning to tennis, reaching four Major finals but losing them all.
Mouratoglou, though, says it is vital Serena keeps on believing.
“I have to believe it and she has to believe it, too. If she [doesn’t], she would stop”, he said.
“After all she’s achieved in her career, at her age, having a baby for the first time, having a family – it was an incredible effort to come back to tennis, unbelievable effort.
“Mental effort, physical effort, so many hours to get back in shape.
“She would never even start that if she didn’t think she was able to win another Grand Slam.
“That’s how Serena is really exceptional. She puts the standards so high for herself, and she finds a way to match those standards, whatever she does.”
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