Auckland Classic: Serena Williams wins first title in three years, donates prize money to Australian bushfire victims (VIDEO)
With just one week to go before the start of the 2020 Australian Open, US tennis icon Serena Williams has shown her readiness to fight for yet another Grand Slam title by winning warm-up event the Auckland Classic on Sunday.
The 38-year-old star defeated fellow American Jessica Pegula in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, claiming her first WTA title since she became a mother.
Before Sunday’s win, Williams’s most recent tennis title was the 2017 Australian Open, which she grabbed while already pregnant.
Ending a three-year title drought, the player donated all her prize money to victims of the devastating bushfires which have swept Australia.
Serena Williams returns to Title Town. Serena wins her 1st title since 2017, defeating Jessica Pegula 63 64 to win @asbclassic. Serena won her 1st WTA title in February 1999. She’s won her 73rd WTA title in January 2020. Excellence across 4 decades. #ASBClassicpic.twitter.com/0UgWu1pfOI— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 12, 2020
"I've been playing in Australia for over 20 years and it's been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that has been happening in Australia, with all the fire and... animals and people that have lost their homes," Williams said after the match.
"I decided at the beginning of the tournament... I'd donate all my prize money for a great cause," she added.
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