VICTORY! Serena Williams Wins Title, & Donates Prize Money to Wildfire Relief
Serena Williams just won her first title since giving birth to her daughter three years ago. The legend won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand after defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula.
After scoring the winning point, Serena lifted her hands into the air as the crowd burst into cheers. She was later joined by her daughter on the court, and of course it was the cutest thing ever.
“It feels good,” she said afterward, according to CNN. “It’s been a long time. I’ve been waiting two years for this moment. I think you could see the relief on my face.”
Serena has won 23 majors throughout her career. Though she has made it to the final round in several tournaments since giving birth, she had previously been defeated every time — but not this time!
“You have to be your biggest cheerleader,” she said after the game, “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.”
Following the match, the player announced she would donate the $43,000 prize to Australian bushfire relief.
We love you, Serena. Welcome back!