Serena Williams wins Auckland Classic for first title in three years

Serena Williams is in her fourth decade on the WTA Tour

Serena Williams obtained her first title in three years and first since turning into a mother with victory over Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic.

The 23-time Gargantuan Slam singles champion beat her fellow American 6-3 6-4.

It’s miles the 38-year-old’s first singles title since she obtained the Australian Originate in 2017 and her 73rd WTA title total.

Williams, in her fourth decade on the WTA Tour, misplaced the Wimbledon and US Originate finals in 2018 and 2019 and retired from the 2019 Rogers Cup final.

She acknowledged after her victory that she would donate her prize money in Auckland and a costume she had outmoded to the Australian bushfire appeal.

“It feels stunning. It be been a really very lengthy time, I ponder it is probably going you’ll maybe perchance maybe look the comfort on my face,” acknowledged Williams.

“I have been taking part in for see you later and been by so noteworthy and I’m overjoyed to be doing something I in actuality luxuriate in.”

The Australian Originate begins on 20 January, with Williams bidding to equal Margaret Court’s tell of 24 Gargantuan Slam singles titles.

Williams obtained her first WTA title in February 1999, when she beat France’s Amelie Mauresmo on carpet at the Originate Gaz de France.

She made a dull originate in Auckland, with Pegula taking a 3-1 lead in the key location, before convalescing to retract the next five video games and end out the hole location.

Williams broke the unseeded Pegula’s attend early in the 2nd location and remodeled her fourth match demonstrate be sure that victory.

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She famend on court with her daughter, Olympia, with whom she used to be eight weeks pregnant when she obtained her final Gargantuan Slam title in Melbourne.

Williams used to be furthermore in the doubles final with Caroline Wozniacki, but the 2 had been overwhelmed 6-4 6-4 by Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend in the doubles final.

In Brisbane,Karolina Pliskovaefficiently defended her title with a 6-4 4-6 7-5 retract over American Madison Keys.

Singles world number 1 Ashleigh Barty – who’s donating all her prize money to the bushfire appeal – and her doubles accomplice Kiki Bertens misplaced their final against Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 10-8.

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