Serena Williams wins Auckland Classic for first title in three years

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Serena Williams finally won her first title in three years and it is the first since she became a mother along with the victory over Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion defeated her fellow American by 6-3 6-4. It is her first singles title since she won the Australian Open in 2017 and her 73rd WTA title overall.

Serena Williams lost the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2018 and 2019 in her fourth decade on the WTA Tour, lost the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2018 and 2019 and then retired from the 2019 Rogers Cup final.

She said that after her victory she would donate the prize money won in Auckland and a dress she had worn to the Australian bushfire petition. The Australian Open tournament commences on 20 January 2020, with Serena Williams bidding to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

Serena Williams won her first WTA title in February 1999, when she defeated France’s Amelie Mauresmo on carpet at the Open Gaz in France. Serena celebrated her win on court with her daughter, Olympia, with whom she was eight weeks pregnant when she had won her last Grand Slam title in Melbourne.