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Serena Williams finally broke her trophy drought by defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Auckland Classic on Sunday.

Serena Williams' last title came at the 2017 Australian Open so it would have been understandable had the former world No. 1 chosen to bask in the moment.

"It's pretty satisfying to get a win in the final ..."

Following the match on Sunday, Serena Williams made a huge announcement on how she intends to use the prize money she won.

Williams looked at SW19 tenderly and few would play against him in the final, but he was spoiled by Aleppo, who cruised to victory in just 56 minutes to win his second grand slam.

Auckland was, surprisingly, the first title of any description she has won since the Australian Open of 2017, a period which includes her layoff to give birth to her daughter.

The 38-year-old Williams, who said she would donate all her prize money to Australian bushfire relief funds, and good friend Caroline Wozniacki were beaten by American duo Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-4.

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Williams gave birth to Alexis Olympia in September 2017 - nearly nine months after she made an early exit from her Auckland debut.

Serena Williams said she had an enjoyable time in New Zealand.

Talking of Olympia, she was there to witness it as nicely and he or she even joined her mother on court docket to have fun it shortly after!

She says she has been playing in Australia for over 20 years and it is been really hard for her to watch all the news and everything that has been happening with all the fires. I labored actually laborious at it up to now eight months to get again from the child.

"I definitely didn't have nerves". "I think that was really important to me and I just want to develop it". "It's just One step towards the next goal".

"Sometimes you go out there and you have to be your biggest cheerleader, especially if you're not feeling that you're doing everything right, or maybe you are doing everything right and things aren't working out for you. Yet I consider myself fortunate".

The unseeded Pegula was broken twice when losing the first set before adopting an aggressive approach that fifth-seed Wozniacki had no answer for.

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