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.