Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena ends three-year title drought, gives winnings to bushfire appeal

Serena ends three-year title drought, gives winnings to bushfire appeal

After winning the title, Serena chose to donate her prize money of United States $ 43,000 to the Australian Bushfire Appeal to help those affected by the awful wilderness in Australia.

Soon after that, she welcomed Alexis Olympia, who was on-hand to see her mother's latest victory.

Williams had to dig deep in the final before winning it 6-3 6-4 against fellow American Jessica Pegula, who matched the top seed from the baseline and attacked her powerful serve.

This is her first tennis title since becoming a mom three years ago. Playing her Slams as strategically as possible, Serena has consistently had good finishes in the tournaments that she has chosen to play.

In an interview following that loss, Williams said she had not even "felt ready to pick up a racquet".

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"I feel so happy and blessed to be out here and to be healthy and to play", said Williams.

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Niger's flag will also be flown at half-staff throughout the territory as the country mourns the troops killed in the raid. France has also suffered significant casualties, losing 13 soldiers in a helicopter crash in Mali last November.

Victory for the 23-time Grand Slam champion will no doubt have boosted her morale ahead of the year's opening major, especially after U.S. president Donald Trump tweeted "Congratulations to Serena Williams on another big win". "So I decided that I would donate all my prize money for a great cause".

For the first time in 1,079 days, Serena Williams has hoisted a championship trophy.

Adding, "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".

But Williams visibly called on herself to lift near the middle of the set, breaking to level at 3-3.

Williams broke Pegula to love in the third game of the second set as she steadily began to dominate. Williams won his first WTA title in February 1999 by defeating Amélie Mauresmo of France.

Williams' last tournament win was the 2017 Australian Open, when she was in the early weeks of her pregnancy.

Pegula took the lead 2-0 before Williams rebounded and scored 3-3 in the first set.

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