Twenty-three times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams won her first title since becoming a mother with victory over Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic. Her first title in three years, Williams defeated fellow American 6-3 6-4.
38-year-old Williams last won a singles title down under at the Australian Open in 2017 and has now won 73 WTA titles overall.
“It feels good. It’s been a long time
I think you could see the relief on my face,” said Williams.
“I have been playing for so long and been through so much and I’m happy to be doing something I love.”
Williams is bidding to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles when the 2020 Australian Open begins on January 20th.