Serena Williams broke a three year title drought by winning the singles final at the ASB classic in Auckland.
The victory secured her 73rd WTA title and her first since she becoming a mother to her daughter Olympia, who was court-side to see her victory.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner then donated her $43,000 winner’s cheque to the fundraising appeal for victims of the Australian bushfires.
Speaking after the match Serena 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.”
For months the fires in Australia have been burning consuming nearly 18 million acres of land, causing thousands to evacuate and killing potentially millions of animals.
Serena William’s selfless donation was aimed at bringing relief and Succor to the victims of the fire .