Serena Williams has been working with Patrick Mouratoglou since 2012, raising her game to a higher level under a famous coach and standing as the most accomplished player of the Open era. Speaking about his pupil, Mouratoglou declares her the greatest player of all time, with our without that elusive 24th Major crown that has been running away from her.
Recalling their first season together, Patrick explained how Serena was pleased after reaching the Wimbledon semi-final, staying away from the court in the season’s opening months and feeling happy about improving her ranking.
Mouratoglou reminded Serena that she could only think about winning big titles, which the American did in those weeks. Williams took down Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska for her third Wimbledon crown in the last four years.
Carried by this boost, Serena returned to the All England Club and lifted the Olympic gold medal in style to become the first player in tennis history with all four Majors and the Olympic gold in both singles and doubles!
Serena had to beat five top-20 rivals en route to a historic achievement, which was hardly an obstacle for her after dropping 17 games in 12 sets and playing probably her career-best tennis. On August 4, Williams toppled a former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in swift 62 minutes, notching her sixth win over the Russian in eight matches and embracing the Olympic glory.
Serena served perfect revenge for that 2004 Wimbledon final loss when Sharapova went all the way at 17, playing nowhere near that level eight years later and never standing a chance against the mighty opponent. Serena had 24 winners and just seven unforced errors in what has been one of the best matches she ever played, dominating serve and return to leave Maria miles behind.
Serena Williams lost one game against Maria Sharapova in London 2012.
The American saved both break chances and mounted the pressure on the Russian, stealing her serve five times from seven opportunities to march over the top.
Sharapova won only 25 points overall, barely hitting any winner and allowing Serena to dictate the pace with her strong serve and groundstrokes that proved too tough to handle. Keeping the points on her racquet, the American had the upper hand in the shortest and mid-range rallies, playing in full throttle and marching towards the desired title.
Serena fired three aces in the first game and broke at love after a forehand down the line winner for an instant advantage and a 2-0 lead. The Russian wasted a game point in game four with a double fault, and Serena punished her with another mighty forehand that propelled her 4-0 up.
Williams closed the fifth game with an ace, and Maria served to stay in the set after just 20 minutes. In that sixth game, the Russian moved 40-0 up before Serena climbed back and landed a backhand down the line winner for a set point.
She converted it after Sharapova’s forced volley error to wrap up the opener 6-0 in just 30 minutes! Willams kicked off the second set with four winners before placing a return winner in the next one for her eighth straight game!
Maria was utterly powerless on the return and fell 3-0 down when Serena landed three winners before finally getting her name on the scoreboard after 45 minutes in game four thanks to an unreturned serve. Sharapova created a break chance at 1-3, denied by a forehand drive volley winner from Serena, who saved another with a backhand winner and brought the game home for 4-1.
A smash winner earned a break at 15 for Williams in game six. The gold medal was safely in her hands following four winners at 5-1, closing an incredible performance with an ace down the T line and writing another chapter of tennis history.
“Serena changed tennis and brought an athletic dimension that there was not there at all before her. Also, Serena brought business to women’s tennis thanks to her aura and opened the door for other players to sign massive contracts.
Serena and I started working together in 2012, and I helped her reconnected with herself. She won Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, which gave her confidence to achieve plenty more in the years to come. She lost a single game against Maria Sharapova in the final of the Olympic Games, and that was her career-best tennis; she was untouchable,” Patrick Mouratoglou said.
Stefanos Tsitsipas claims innocence after Andy Murray vents anger at…….
Stefanos Tsitsipas denied bending the rules with his bathroom breaks during his dramatic five-set victory over Andy Murray at the US Open.
Scot Murray, 34, blasted the Greek third seed for the “nonsense” and said he had lost respect for him after Tsitsipas disappeared off court for almost eight minutes at the start of the fifth set.
However, after closing out a 2-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over the 2012 champion in just less than five hours, Tsitsipas said: “If there’s something that he has to tell me, we should speak, the two of us, to kind of understand what went wrong.
I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines
“I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority.
“As far as I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says is fair, then the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Absolutely nothing.”
Murray’s defeat, and that of Marin Cilic, who had to retire at two sets all against Philipp Kohlschreiber, means there is only one player left in the men’s draw to have won a grand slam title – the 20-time major winner Novak Djokovic.
Daniil Medvedev, the second seed from Russia, got his bid for a maiden grand slam title off to a confident start by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets.
The 25-year-old roared past Frenchman Gasquet 6-4 6-3 6-1 in less than two hours.
RBA drops just games to advance to Round 2.
Nick Kyrgios won just seven games as his campaign came to an end at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut.
Australian Kyrgios threw in his usual tweeners and underarm serves but Bautista Agut, the unflappable 18th seed from Spain, was too solid as he ran out 6-3 6-4 6-0 winner.
Andrey Rublev, the Russian fifth seed, is safely through after a straight-sets win over Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic.
Usain Bolt reveals he’s ‘always’ had a crush on Beyoncé and he was starstruck to meet her
He may hold the title as the fastest man in the world, but even Usain Bolt gets nervous once in a while, especially when it comes to meeting beautiful women. Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on Friday morning, the nine-time Olympic gold medallist revealed that he has a crush on none other than Beyoncé.
The sporting legend revealed his celebrity crush live on Lorraine
“Because I was always a fan, I’ve always had a crush on Beyoncé, so I’ve always had a conversation I would have [in my head] and when I met her I was like [stares open-eyed] ‘hi’,” he told the day time host. “I could tell I was looking at her weird because she was looking at me like, ‘why is he staring at me’. It was fun though.”
President Obama also has an affect on the 30-year-old, who admitted: “When I met Obama that was also massive for me.”
Usain was on Lorraine to chat about his new documentary I Am Bolt, which follows the sporting legend in the 18 months leading up to his historical Olympic triple win in Rio this year.
Talking about his training, Usain revealed: “People always say, ‘you make it look so easy, I could probably do it’ and I’m like, ‘no, no’. So to make people see the work that I put in and the strain that goes in, mentally and physically. I wanted people to see all of that so they could understand me better and to see the work I put in is no joke.”
The Olympic champion also shut down rumours that he was engaged to his main crush, girlfriend of two years, Kasi Bennett, following a heavily hinted Snapchat image of the couple on holiday. The sweet snap was accompanied by the caption “She said yes”, complete with emojis of a bride and a love heart.
“I’m not engaged. Me and my girlfriend, we went on a trip to Bora Bora and we took a picture and somebody edited my Snapchat, and edited it, and it said, ‘she said yes’ with a ring and a mad face and stuff and I was like [shocked face], it was well done though. It was well done, you know what I mean,” he explained.
Despite there being no talk of wedding bells anytime soon, it hasn’t stopped Usain’s mum from hoping she will be a grandmother in the near future. “My mum is pressuring me. I was like, ‘mum just let me retire and I’ll get there,'” he said.
Unbelievable: Maria Sharapova says she got mobbed in the Olympic village cafeteria
Many players prefer not to stay at the Olympic village as other athletes tend to get a little star struck at coming face to face with high profile superstars. Maria Sharapova got a taste of this herself when she went into the cafeteria at the Olympic village.
Sharapova is the highest earning female athlete in the world and a global superstar. “I’m usually pretty naïve about like people’s knowledge of me, my career, what I’ve achieved,” Sharapova told the press after her first round win on Sunday in London.
“I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I’ve made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn’t walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn’t sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue.”