Serena Williams won her first WTA title after three years when she defeated Jessica Pegula in the final at the 2020 ASB Classic and after the match she said, she will donate her prize money to bushfire relief.

Serena spoke about the match when she did not remember being broken in the first game but also said she did not have a lot of time to reflect on the match as she had to play final in doubles.

“It was a good match. I didn’t have a lot of time to reflect on it because I went straight into doubles [final, losing to Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend], but I remember it being really intense, actually. I don’t think I hit a tremendous amount of aces – she was getting all my serves back. My groundstrokes were probably the strongest thing in that match. It’s good for me to win matches where I’m not getting too many free points. I have to rely on my groundstrokes.”

“I definitely didn’t have nerves. Did I get broken in the first game? I just didn’t come out the way I should have, and she was playing well. 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. 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.”

Many players decided to donate money for bushfire relief. Ashleigh Barty said, she will donate her prize money from Brisbane International. Williams joined her when she said: “So much has happened. So I decided at the beginning of the tournament every match I played I’d donate a dress and I’d also donate all my prize money for a great cause.”


Author: Erik Virostko