Serena Williams who was aiming for her 24th grand slam title at the US Open this year will now have to wait till another slam to do so. After being just one step away from the finals, Williams lost in the semifinals.
In the battle of the mothers, Victoria Azarenka took the match away from the American. Serena was in the lead by 1-0 but the Belarusian took away the next two sets to reach her third US Open finals.
After the 38-year old’s loss, his coach Patrick Mouratoglou wrote a heartwarming and inspiring post dedicated to Serena, on twitter.
“Thank you, Serena, for all those lessons of courage, dedication, and fighting spirit you keep teaching to each other and every one of us.”, wrote Patrick.
“The journey you embarked on after giving birth to Olympia, three years ago, is probably the one that best shows your character.”
Mouratoglou praised Serena and talked about her unmatchable hard work and determination that she possesses not only in her profession but her personal life too. He went on to reassure her not to worry about her current achievements, but be proud of the last three years of her life of being a mom.
“The journey you embarked on after giving birth to Olympia, three years ago, is probably the one that best shows your character… And your uniqueness.
That is why, even though you are used to achieving higher results, you should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished in the last three years.”, the French wrote.
He then went on to suggest that it was his last journey. However, there has been no hint of a split between the two parties.
“I am very lucky to share this last journey with you and I believe in the future.
The quest goes on…”
Meanwhile, Azarenka on the other hand is excited to be a part of her third US open finals. She will be facing the 22-years-old Naomi Osaka on Saturday.