Tennis legend Serena Williams has donated $43,000 – her tournament prize – at New Zealand’s ASB Classic to the bushfire victims as Australia is being ravaged by deadliest wildfires seen in decades.
The 38-year-old former World number 1 ended a three-year title drought by defeating Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.
Serena Williams’ win in Auckland makes it FOUR decades of being a champion.
Serena’s wins by decade:
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 12, 2020
The seven-times Wimbledon champion has become the latest tennis player to support the bushfire victims in Australia. She has donated her winner’s cheque for this good cause.
Speaking after her victory, Williams said: “It feels good. It’s been a long time. I think you can see the relief on my face. I played an incredible opponent today in Jessica and, honestly, it was a great match and I couldn’t have played anyone better in the final.”
Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios have already extended their support by making donations unfolding the tragedy.
— WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2020
After winning in Auckland, she is now heading to Melbourne for a shot at history in the Australian Open. Serena has won the Australian Open seven times in her career but it will be a remarkable achievement if she can defy her age and win it once more.
She took a break for 12 months while becoming a mother and since then has lost five finals, including four in grand slam events. It looked a worrying trend for her, but the victory in the Auckland Open final on Sunday broke that streak.