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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.

Women’s singles Wimbledon final: Will Serena conquer super great record?

Tonight, Simona Halep is responsible for preventing Serena Williams from touching the Grand Slam super record of all time.

Besides Roger Federer, Serena Williams is one of the rare names in tennis arena that can challenge the time limit. The victory over Barbora Strycova in the semifinals helped her younger sister Williams reach the 11th Wimbledon final, thereby becoming the oldest player to attend the last Grand Slam game of the open era (37 years 291 days).

To be fair, Serena displayed a rather erratic style throughout the journey. She can easily defeat seeds like Julia Görges (18), Carla Suárez Navarro (30) after 2 sets, but it takes up to 3 sets to subdue non- ranked opponents (Alison Riske), even have to enter qualifying rounds (Giulia Gatto-Monticone, Kaja Juvan).

Serena’s stature clearly overwhelmed her opponent in the final on July 13 – Simona Halep. Considering the number of Grand Slam titles, she is … 23 times higher than Romanian (23-1). In terms of past achievements, the victory still belongs to Serena (9-1). The recent encounter in the fourth round of Australia Open earlier this year, Halep was ranked No. 1 seed but still suffered the final 1-2 defeat.

Halep’s rare victory did not come on the pitch and also took place five years ago (WTA Finals 2014, winning 6-0, 6-2). On the only occasion they met on the pitch, Serena won 2-1 (Round 2 of Wimbledon 2011).

The rare advantage that a Romanian player owns is a fairly stable performance. She lost only 1 set, excellently beating the 15-year-old “phenomenon” Cori Gauff to her first career in the Grand Slam Grand Finals. However, Halep only met a seed player from the start of the tournament (Elina Svitolina, No. 8 seed).

Currently Serena owns a total of 23 Grand Slam (7 Wimbledon), a record of all time (both male and female) with less a title than legendary Margaret Court. Can tonight, Halep can become a wall separating Williams’s sister from touching this great feat?