Tennis champion, wife and mother, Serena Williams has won her first Post Partum title.
Bringing an End to her title Drought.
The 38-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017, lifted the trophy at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. After defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4. Serena Williams, who has now incredibly won titles across four decades after claiming her first in 1999, flung back her head in delight and relief after Pegula hit the ball wide on match point.
After emerging as the winner, Serena Williams Immediately donated her $43,000 prize money to Australian bushfire relief.
Serena Williams On Her Winning
“Oh, it feels good!” said Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles. “It’s been a long time. I think you could see the relief on my face.
“It’s pretty satisfying just to get a win in the final.”That was really important for me, and I just want to build on it. It’s just a step towards the next goal.”
“You have to be your biggest cheerleader, especially if you’re feeling you’re not doing everything right; or even if you are doing everything right but things aren’t working out for you,” she added.
Serena Williams had struggled for consistency earlier in the week; but sent an ominous message to the Australian Open field when she demolished the promising American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-1, 6-1 in their semi-final and then beat an impressive Pegula on Sunday.
“I was definitely improving as the week went on and I needed to because I had some tough matches, I feel fortunate and blessed to be out here and to be healthy and to play. I have been playing for so long and been through so much; and I’m happy to be doing something I love.”
Williams now will prepare for the Australian Open; a tournament she has won seven times, which begins on 20 January.