WELLINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters)– Serena Williams won her very first title considering that the 2017 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 success over Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic on Sunday however was not able to finish the excellent week in New Zealand when she shed the increases last.
The 38- year-old Williams, that claimed she would certainly give away all her cash prize to Australian bushfire alleviation funds, and also buddy Caroline Wozniacki were defeated by American duo Asia Muhammad and also Taylor Townsend 6-4 6-4.
The result suggested that Wozniacki was not able to finish her very own fairy tale goodbye to a competition with which she has actually ended up being identified, having actually played in New Zealand’s biggest city annually considering that 2015.
The 29- year-old Dane, that was defeated by Pegula in the songs semi-finals, is retiring after the Australian Open, which ranges from Jan 20 toFeb 2.
“I have loved coming back here,” Wozniacki claimed after competition coordinators made an unique discussion prior to the increases prize was offered to Muhammad and also Townsend.
“Serena, thanks playing increases with me, it has actually been a lot enjoyable and also the only remorses I have is that we really did not do this earlier.
“I have had such a blast and it is rare that I have this much fun on court and it was a really fun way to finish off in Auckland.”
Williams’ songs success, nevertheless, offered the American her 73 rd WTA title and also damaged a close to three-year drought, in spite of having actually shown up in 5 finals considering that she secured her 23 rd Grand Slam crown with a win at the Australian Open in 2017.
She is going after Australian Margaret Court’s document 24 Grand Slam songs titles, however has actually shed 2 Wimbledon and also 2 UNITED STATE Open finals considering that her 6-4 6-4 success over older sis Venus in Melbourne.
“It feels good, it has been a long time,” Williams claimed. “I played an incredible opponent in Jessica and honestly it was a great match.”
Williams had actually battled for uniformity previously in the week, however sent out a threatening message to the Australian Open area when she destroyed encouraging teen Amanda Anisimova 6-1 6-1 in their semi-final and afterwards defeat an outstanding Pegula on Sunday.
“I was definitely improving as the week went on and I needed to because I had some tough matches,” Williams claimed.
“I feel fortunate and blessed to be out here and to be healthy and to play. I have been playing for so long and been through so much and I’m happy to be doing something I love.”
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and also Clarence Fernandez)
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