Serena Williams Wins 1st Title Since Giving Birth To Daughter, Donates Prize Money to Australia Wildfire Relief
Tennis star, Serena Williams has won her first tennis title since becoming a mother just over two years ago. On Sunday (Jan. 12th), the 33-year-old athlete won in straight sets at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4. After her first title win since 2017, Serena took to Instagram to share her excitement with her tennis coach Jarmere Jenkins.
After her victory, Serena stated:
“Oh, it feels good! It’s been a long time. I think you could see the relief on my face.”
— USTA (@usta) January 12, 2020
“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.”
Clearly filled with emotion after scoring the final point of the victory, Serena went on to announce she will donate her $43,000 Auckland prize to Australian bushfire relief.
Incredible presentation at @ASB_Classic !
First @serenawilliams meets the legendary Ruia Morrison…
…then she announces she will donate her prize money (and a dress from each of her matches) to the bushfire relief effort! pic.twitter.com/xNVYAeLn3u
— WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2020
In celebration of her victory and charitable donation to Australia wildfires, her husband of two years, Alexis Ohanian wrote a message to his wife on Instagram.
“What a start to the decade. We’re all so proud of you. And just when I think I can’t possibly be more proud, you donate all your prize money to fight the #australianbushfires.”
Serena now will prepare for the Australian Open, a tournament she has won seven times, which begins on 20 January.