It was the 2015 Australian Open. Although Serena Williams was the top seed at the tournament, she hadn’t won this title for four consecutive years. However, the American legend produced her best and ended her title drought Down Under. She defeated her rival, Maria Sharapova, in the summit clash to clinch the trophy. Nearly a decade after her sumptuous feat, Williams’ ex-coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, got teary-eyed while remembering the victory.
Mouratoglou was a long-time coach of the 23-time Grand Slam champion. The two formed a superior partnership and won many titles together. As the French coach reminisced about Williams’ victory, emotions got the better of him.
Patrick Mouratoglou catches Serena Williams’ rare moment
The 2024 Australian Open is going on in full swing. Legendary French coach Patrick Mouratoglou came along for a cinema session during which he delved into some iconic victories. Among them was Williams’ 2015 Australian Open victory. As the American legend lifted the trophy, she got emotional, denoting how much the win meant to her.
Reminiscing that moment in a recent interview, Mouratoglou also got emotional, “That connection here, that’s with her for me was special so that’s why the emotion is so incredibly beautiful. That’s tears in her eyes there and it’s rare.”
Indeed, we have seldom seen emotions getting the better of Williams. And the win Down Under in 2015 was one of the rare occasions when the former World Number 1 got emotional.
It was quite an eventful year for Williams when she won the French Open and Wimbledon titles in the same year and was aiming for a Calendar Year Grand Slam. However, a major defeat in the US Open semifinal ended her hopes. Mouratoglou revealed her biggest disappointment at not completing the Calendar Year Grand Slam.
2015 invoked a rollercoaster of emotions for Serena Williams
While Williams had tears of joy at the Australian Open, she was strongly disappointed after her loss at the US Open. Later, her coach opened up about how Williams reacted in the aftermath of the defeat.
Mouratoglou said, “Those last years four times, one match for history, which is again the highest pressure I think you can have in sports. It’s a real hurdle to go through, so she suffered lots. And she lost in semis against Vinci, and she told me a month after she lost this match in the semifinal of US Open, she said, ‘To me, I feel that I worked all my life for that moment and I screwed everything up.’ And this is a strong statement.”
While Serena Williams has achieved almost everything in her career, she would be disappointed to have missed out on a Calendar Year Grand Slam by a whisker. But this is what sports is all about, isn’t it?