Williams doesn’t need Grand Slam record for validation: coach By Reuters

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By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams (NYSE 🙂 wants to win more Grand Slams but hardly needs the all-time record for validation, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou said Monday. Williams is competing for a 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, which would equal Margaret Court’s record. The great American has come up short in four Grand Slam finals since winning the 2017 Australian Open, but has another chance after reaching the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park. “Do you need that validation? I don’t think you need that validation,” Mouratoglou told reporters. “But he clearly came back to tennis to win other Grand Slams, so that’s definitely the goal.” Now, she’s not as obsessed with 24 as most people in the tennis world, but she definitely wants to win Grand Slams. . That’s the only reason he came back to tennis. “Mouratoglou said it really didn’t make sense to compare Williams’ record to Court, given that 13 of Australia’s Grand Slam titles came before the professional era, which began in 1968. . ” We all know they are two different sports, “he said.” It is an amateur sport and a professional sport. “But it’s probably fun to talk about breaking records, which is something I understand.” Mouratoglou said Williams, at 39, was moving better than he had in three years on the court, and the team had placed great emphasis on regaining the “footwork” it had in the past. “If you can’t move well, there is no Plan B. The only plan is to attack. I think it cost him some important games,” said the Frenchman. “We have been fighting these last years because she had a lot of injuries, so she couldn’t practice as we wanted,” he said. “It’s a vicious cycle because when you can’t practice well, you don’t get in shape.” We are now more in a virtuous circle than a vicious one. “10th-seeded Williams plays second-seeded Simona Halep by one in the semi-finals. Halep beat her for the 2019 Wimbledon title the last time they met. The Wimbledon win was only Halep’s second win in 11 matches played against Williams, but Mouratoglou saw it as a turning point for the Romanian. I think Simona played the perfect match at Wimbledon. It’s going to be a different process for her because he knows he can play like that against Serena, something he never did before, “Mouratoglou said.” He’ll probably come with more confidence, and we’re ready for that. ”

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