Auckland, New Zealand – In the ASB final, Serena Williams won her first singles title since becoming a mom, by defeating unseeded American Jessica Pegula with 6-3, 6-4 to win the ASB classic.
By defeating the American rising star Amanda Anisimova in 43-minutes at semi-finals, Serena proved her perfect preparations for finals. Anisimova said on Friday, “it had been a life-long dream to play Williams but she must have felt she was living a nightmare on the main court at Auckland Tennis Centre on Saturday.”
Serena hadn’t won a title since the Australian Open in January 2017, and not since she became a mother of her daughter Olympia, who was court-side to see the victory.
“It feels good. It’s been a long time,” Serena said. “I think you can see the relief on my face.
“I played an incredible opponent today in Jessica and, honestly, it was a great match and I couldn’t have played anyone better in the final.”
Serena donated her prize money of about $43,000 to the fundraising request for victims of Australian bushfire and joined with many other tennis stars, such as Ash Barty, Nick Kygrios, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, who also have assured donations to the already months-long fire emergency there.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to @serenawilliams on another big win. She is a great player and an even greater person. Our members in Virginia (Tennis) will never forget you!”
Serena Williams was with Trump at the opening of the Trump Tennis Center in the year 2015.