At this point, the entire tennis world is in agreement with the statement that Serena Williams is one of the greatest in tennis history. Williams, who holds 23 titles across the four Grand Slam tournaments, is itching for a comeback in the winner’s podium as she aims to conquer the 2019 U.S. Open. If there is someone who can objectively say what makes Williams a fantastic tennis player, it would be her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.
Serena intimidates her opponents
Mouratoglou points out that Williams’s presence in the courts is her greatest strength. She dictates her own game and her opponents are usually forced to adjust their styles and strategies to accommodate her dominating gameplay. This puts additional pressure for her competitors to do better. He also said that she maintains an intimidating aura around her that compels opponents to take a bit of a step back.
Mouratoglou also praised Williams’ commitment to her games. Despite encountering several injuries in the past few weeks and her continuing recovery from a difficult pregnancy, Williams remains focused and aggressive. He also commended the fact that Williams was dedicated enough to work to get back to her peak condition.
It also helps that Williams really wants to win. Mouratoglou repeatedly said that Williams wants to get the championship title and that this motivation drives her to do well in the tournament.
He also expressed his hope that the 2019 U.S. Open is when Williams gets her record-tying 24th Grand Slam win. If she fails to do that, he believes that she still has a chance to achieve that. He thinks that Williams tying Margaret Court’s record is a matter of when not if.
Why Serena Williams is the GOAT (Greatest)
Pretty much the entire tennis industry is in agreement that Williams is one of the greatest, if not the best, player of all time. Last year, fellow tennis icon Roger Federer, who holds the most Grand Slam titles for men, said that Williams has a fascinating career that merits the word “greatest” when discussed in conversations.
It seems former world no. 1 Rod Laver also shares that evaluation. During a Q&A session on Twitter, Laver said that Williams has the best serves that he has seen in the courts. He also thinks that the way she plays her matches is strong. He also boldly said that Williams is the greatest player ever.
While former player John McEnroe does not necessarily agree that Williams is the greatest, he acknowledged that there is no question that she has immense skill. He also said that he respects Williams as a player despite claiming that she would only rank around 700 if he is in the men’s circuit.
Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.8, Serena has a 25-5 win-loss record in 2019. The American is currently having a run at the U.S. Open where she bested Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1, Caty McNally 5-7 6-3 6-1, Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-2, Petra Martic 6-3 6-4, Qiang Wang 6-1 6-0 and Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1.
The American will come up against Andreescu in the final. The head to head is 1-0 for Andreescu.
Serena Williams was the finalist in Wimbledon and in Toronto in 2019.
The American won 72 titles in her career: 42 on hard courts, 13 on clay courts, 7 on indoor courts, 2 on carpet courts and 8 on grass courts. (See the list of her titles)
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