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Serena Williams ends tennis title drought in New Zealand

Serena Williams ends tennis title drought in New Zealand Serena Williams ends tennis title drought in New Zealand
Noah Ferguson | 14 January, 2020, 10:22

After she clinched the trophy, N.Y. Times reported that Serena had spoken to media outlets. She defeated Jessica Pegula in the ASB Classic final this past Sunday. It was 2017, and she was pregnant with her now-2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia, though she hadn't yet announced her pregnancy to the world.

Earlier, the 23-time major victor Serena donated her $43,000 winner's check to the fundraising appeal for victims of Australian wildfires, joining many other tennis stars, such as Ash Barty, Nick Kygrios, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, who have pledged money to the already months-long fire emergency there. Serena has done the match in her name by performing brilliantly.

"It feels good. It's been a long time", Williams said after the match.

In a speech after her victory tweeted by the Women's Tennis Association, Williams described the effects of the devastating fires that are scorching a country in which she has been active for so long.

According to 1 News, the cloak, whose feathers are from a native duck of New Zealand, was created previous year to honor the first Māori to play in Wimbledon, Ruia Morrison.

Williams in the process became the first player in the Open era to win titles across four decades.

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"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", she added.

Williams eventually achieved a break of her own to level at 3-3, finding the power and precision that had deserted her until then. That, or the fact that she has made so many Grand Slam finals since coming back from having her daughter, has meant that it has been hard to fathom that she has not won a title in three years.

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.

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