The title of the tournament in Auckland was the first of the season for Serena and 73rd in her career, bringing the American $ 43,000 in prize money and 280 rating points. This is the first Williams trophy since 2017. The American lost five finals in a row, without taking a single set in them.
After the victory, Serena said that she would give away all the prizes for the competition in favor of the victims of the fires in Australia. Also, the American will give all the dresses from this tournament to charity – they will be sold at auction, and the money will also be given to the victims.
“Great feeling! I haven’t taken the titles for so long. You probably see relief on my face. Jessica played just incredible, had a great match. Perhaps she became the most difficult opponent in Auckland.
I felt that I was adding during the tournament, and this is a very important feeling. Each match was difficult, but I did it. I can be proud of myself, “the press service of the Tour quotes Serena.
US President Donald Trump congratulated tennis player Serena Williams on winning the ASB Classic in Auckland.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020