Serena Williams Wins 1st Title since Giving Birth and Donates Prize Money to Australian Bushfire Relief
Serena Williams recorded her first win since 2017 and did something heart-warming with her winnings.
Serena Williams appeared to be in high spirits over the weekend as she won her first title since she welcomed her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in 2017.
To celebrate, the mother-of-one had not only taken to Twitter to share two photos but the Women’s Tennis Association also announced that Serena would donate her prize money to the Australian bushfire relief effort.
Daily Mail also reported that the tennis superstar had broken her three-year-drought when she beat Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic
The last time Serena won any title since the Australian Open singles, which occurred in January 2017. Soon after that, she welcomed Alexis Olympia, who was on-hand to see her mother’s latest victory.
Incredible presentation at @ASB_Classic !— wta (@WTA) January 12, 2020
First @serenawilliams meets the legendary Ruia Morrison...
...then she announces she will donate her prize money (and a dress from each of her matches) to the bushfire relief effort! pic.twitter.com/xNVYAeLn3u
Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian Sr. was also at the event and looked ecstatic at his wife’s win.
With regards to her $43,000 prize money, The Guardian revealed that the 38-year-old would be the latest in the line of tennis stars to contribute to the fundraising appeal for victims of Australian wildfires.
Other stars who had previously pledged money to the months-long fire emergency in Australia include Ash Barty, Nick Kygrios, Novak Djokovic, and Maria Sharapova.
“It feels good. It’s been a long time. I’ve been waiting two years for this moment. I think you could see the relief on my face.”
Amid words of congratulations from her fellow professionals, the U.S. President, Donald Trump also took to Twitter to celebrate the tennis legend.
According to Donald’s tweet, Serena was “a great player and an even greater person” whom people in Virginia wouldn’t forget in a hurry.