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Mouratoglou expects Williams to reach Grand Slam target

18th September 2019, 17:36 by Tom McGarry

Serena Williams can win what has so far been an elusive 24th Grand Slam singles title, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Williams claimed the most recent of her Grand Slam successes at the 2017 Australian Open but since then has been beaten in four finals, including at Wimbledon and the US Open earlier this year where she lost to Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu respectively.

That leaves the former world number one, who turns 38 later this month, still one short of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles, but Mouratoglou is convinced she still has time to equal and surpass that tally.

"I think time is working for her," Mouratoglou told Sky Sports. "I think she was much better at the US Open than she was at Wimbledon and Wimbledon better than Roland Garros.

"She is getting back in shape and the more in shape she will be the more dangerous she will be. I think she has started to play really good tennis."

Williams has failed to win a set in any of the four finals she has played since her last Grand Slam success and Mouratoglou, who has coached the American to 10 of her triumphs since their partnership begun in 2012, admits getting over the line is perhaps a psychological barrier she must overcome.

"She has to win that last match in the tournament which is always really difficult," he added. "It is one match for history and the pressure is quite high. I am not in her mind but I can figure she is playing one match for history."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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