Serena Williams Wins First Title As A Mom, And 73rd WTA Titles Overall.

Serena Williams wins her first title in three years as a mother,  with a straight-sets win over her fellow American Jessica Pegula at the Auckland final in New Zealand on Sunday to be crowned ASB Classic champion...

Serena Williams wins first title as a Mom.

The top seed, Serena Williams, outclassed compatriot Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-4 in 96 minutes on the Stanley Courts to win her 73rd WTA title, after her first in February 1999.

It's her first non Grand Slam title since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title over her sister Venus Williams in the Australia Open 2017 in a 6-4 6-4 victory.

It's also her first title victory as a mother, after the birth of her daughter Olympia in October 2017, ending a streak of five finals defeats since her return from maternity leave to the court in March 2018.

Serena Williams said after her victory that she would donate her prize money in Auckland and a dress she had worn to the Australian bushfire appeal.

"Oh, it feels good! It's been a long time. I think you could see the relief on my face,"... said the 38-year-old

"I played an incredible and great opponent today in Jessica and  honestly, it was a great match. I couldn't have played anyone better in this final".

"I feel fortunate and blessed to be out here and to be healthy and to play. I feel so happy to do something that I absolutely love.

I would like to thank my coach Patrick, for believing in me all these years, it's been a long journey. I appreciate your dedication and motivating me and also making me not stay satisfied with what I have done on the past.

" I also want to appreciate my husband Alexis Ohanian for being there for me, and dealing with my awful attitude (she laughs). It's a lot, I am a lot".

Serena Williams will be aiming to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, when the Australia Open begins on 20th January 2020 to 2nd February 2020.

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