Serena wins her first title after three years — ASB Classic Tournament

Serena Williams celebrates with her daughter after winning the Auckland Classic

Serena Williams celebrates with her daughter after winning the Auckland Classic

Serena Williams appeared to be in high spirits over the weekend as she won her first title since she welcomed her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in 2017. With the momentum on her side, Serena landed a backhand victor to grab another break in game eight, closing the set in the next game for a 6-3 and a big step towards the finish line.

"It's pretty satisfying to get a win in a final", Williams told reporters.

But this week, Serena was nothing if not decisive.

Legendary tennis player, Serena Williams has proved that not even childbirth can put any strain on her or bring her form down in the world of tennis. Choosing her tournaments tactically has meant that her deep runs have gone unnoticed, perhaps.

Williams now will prepare for the Australian Open, a tournament she has won seven times, which begins on 20 January.

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Williams broke on Pegula's next service game, and stayed in front until the end to take the title and extinguish a sequence of five defeats in finals since her 2017 win in Melbourne. We saw it against Simona Halep and against Naomi Osaka. And with each mounting loss, that enemy, and that mental block, became tougher than before.

The win marked her 73rd title on the WTA circuit, and is meaningful in ways unrelated to a trophy, or prize money - they have given her the confidence and belief going into the Australian Open.

Whether her choices garnered targeted and unnecessary controversy, from catsuits to tutus to her throwback beads, Ms. Williams has also established herself as a bonified fashion icon.

And despite having since reached the finals at the US Open and Wimbledon, she has constantly fluffed the chance to equal the record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns held by Australian Margaret Court - not even winning a set in her finals at Flushing Meadows and the All England Club respectively. For Williams, comes also the added burden of huge scrutiny of any reaction she may have on the court, with fans and watchers all too eager to label her for any outbursts.

But the 38-year-old tempered celebrations as she donated her US$43,000 winner's cheque to the Australian bush fire relief fund and described how the tragedy had affected her deeply. "I think you can see the relief on my face". Serena ran, so this #BlackGirlMagic could fly.

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