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Serena Williams set a record in Auckland Open finals 2020

Serena Williams defeated fellow compatriot Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 in the Auckland Open finals 2020 afternoon 12/1.

This victory earned Serena the 73rd WTA championship of her career. The 38-year-old has thus set a championship record over four decades, since her first WTA title at the Open Gaz de France in February 1999.

It was also the first WTA championship of the former world number one in three years, and since Serena returned to play after giving birth to her first daughter.

Prior to the Auckland final, the 38-year-old played the perfect semi-final. Serena lost only one game in each set with rising young star Amanda Anisimova, and ended quickly after just 43 minutes.

In the final, Jessica Pegula surprised by winning the game to catch the ball early in the match, then took the lead 2-0. However, the 23 Grand Slam champion quickly reversed the situation, saving all four break-points to face in the next game she held.

From then until the match, Serena completely dominated the game one-sided. The first set closed after the Williams sisters won the last two games of the ball.

Serena continues to put great pressure on her young American rival both in age and experience. Pegula proved brave when defeating eight of nine break-point chances in this set, but before the perfect serve of the senior, the 25-year-old tennis player was unable to regain the game.

Despite losing two serve points and the same number of serves, Serena also needed a fourth match-point to determine the final victory after an hour and 36 minutes. She returned to the winning track since the 2017 Australian Open championship.

Serena was a bit regretful that she couldn’t win with the women’s final after Caroline Wozniacki finished. They lost to American pair Asia Muhammad – Taylor Townsend after two sets with the same score 4-6. If successful, Serena will have the first time to win the title of two contents in the same tournament, since Wimbledon 2016.

In a speech at the coronation ceremony, Serena announced her support of all the prize money received at the tournament to support the fund for victims of bushfire in Australia. The proceeds from the auction of all the dresses she wore when fighting nine matches at the Auckland Open this year were also supported by Serena for the fund.

Will Nadal be the champion of Rogers Cup 2019?

The Spanish player will begin his journey to defend the championship at the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal, Canada from August 5 to August 11. According to the newly announced Rogers Cup 2019 branching result, Rafael Nadal will have a relatively easy opening round when starting the journey to conquer from the second round to meet the winner in the De Minaur pair.

Sorting the number one seed, the Spanish player will play from the second round. As a result of the branching out, his first opponent might be Alex de Minaur who just won Atlanta Open 2019, if the young Next Gen talent won the opening match. Nadal won both matches against former De Minaur, in turn at Wimbledon last year and Australia Open earlier this year.

If the results are favorable, Nadal can reunite with David Goffin in the next round. The Belgian is also one of two people who won a set against Nadal in Roland Garros 2019. Fabio Fognini – who beat the Spanish player in the semi-final Monte Carlo 2019 on his journey to win the first Masters 1000 – is aiming to repeat that achievement in Montreal soon if the two players have the opportunity to meet again in the quarterfinals.

Losing to Nadal in the finals last year, Stefanos Tsitsipas only won the Rogers Cup runner-up in 2018. Greek young talent is facing the opportunity to revenge if he has the opportunity to encounter each other in the semifinals this year. But first of all, Tsitsipas will have to overcome big obstacles namely Milos Raonic or Taylor Fritz, before hitting Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.

Dominic Thiem was chosen as the No. 2 seed. The Austrian player has been in high form recently when he has just won the Austrian Open 2019 championship on his hometown. This is considered a strong stimulant for Thiem to try to play at Rogers Cup here. After the coronation at Indian Wells in March, Thiem was eager to add to the Masters 1000 collection.

2019 Rogers Cup takes place on the hard court in Montreal (Canada) with Nadal and Simona Halep holding the men’s singles and women’s singles championship. Nadal has won four championships here (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018), equal to Djokovic’s achievement – the world’s number-one player absent from this year’s tournament due to the need for more resting time after Wimbledon 2019.