Former WTA no.1 Serena Williams has just won her first title in three years. The 2-0 (6-3, 6-4) victory over fellow American Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic marks her first tennis title since becoming a mother.
This was the 38-year-old’s first WTA title since 2017 when she won the Australian Open. The Auckland Classic was also her 73rd overall title.
Her lack of trophies in recent times has made Williams stay away from the top of the WTA List. At the moment, she is the world’s 10th-best female tennis player.
Williams will have a chance to improve her WTA Rankings pretty soon as the first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts in just over a week. The Australian Open 2020 starts on January 20 and Serena Williams is the biggest favorite for the title, especially after her dominant performance at the Auckland Classic.
“It feels good. It’s been a long time, I think you could see the relief on my face.”Williams said after winning her first title since 2017.
The victory in New Zealand seems like a proper build-up for the Australian Open, the tournament she won seven times already. Serena Williams is the record holder for the most Australian Open titles in the Open era.
Donating the Prize Money
For Williams, the Auckland tournament was more than a preparation for the first Grand Slam of the season. Winning the title has certainly given her confidence that she can still get to the top of the WTA List despite being in her late 30s.
Williams was obviously feeling very joyful after the final, celebrating the title on the court with her daughter Olympia, with whom she was two months pregnant when she won her last WTA title three years ago.
The prize money she won at the Auckland Classic, Williams is going to donate to the Australian wildfire aid.
“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 with all the fires.”Williams said while announcing her donation.
Serena Williams Ready to Break a Big Record in 2020
With 23 Grand Slams won in her career, Serena Williams is behind only Margaret Court. But, the American player has a chance to equal Court’s 24 Grand Slams record by winning the Australian Open 2020.
Williams has reached the finals of Grand Slam Singles’ tournaments on 33 occasions, winning 23 and losing 10. Out of those 10 defeats in the final, four happened in the previous two years. Williams lost two Wimbledon finals and two US Open finals in that period.
According to bookmakers, she is set to put an end to the losing streak. Williams is the biggest favorite for winning the Australian Open 2020 at the odds of +450.