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If there were ever any doubt before, the regular tour stops are there solely for the purpose of staying warm enough to contend for the Slams.
To push past Steffi Graf, with whom Williams is tied at 22 major singles titles, and ideally Margaret Court at 24.
“Both Svetlana and I had an opportunity to talk to our coaches and I think that really helped me out.
I talked to Patrick, he is very calm and he gave me some tips on what I could do and I was able to do that.” Williams started working with Mouratoglou in 2012 and the 46-year-old Frenchman has helped her win eight Grand Slam titles in that time. “That is one thing I have been doing a lot of in the last four years, really taking a deep breath and recollecting myself.” Next up for Williams is Russian 21st seed Pavlyuchenkova, who beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 in her fourth-round match.
But as World No.1 Serena Williams landed at Perth airport on Saturday, all that appeared to occupy her mind was the angle that showed off her best side as she posed for snaps with beau Patrick Mouratoglou.