Serena Williams Wins ASB Classic & Donates Winner’s Check To Australian Wildfires Victims

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This past weekend, Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought when she defeated Jessica Pegula to win the singles final at the ASB Classic. Williams hadn’t won a title since January, 2017, so the victory felt even greater.

Not only did she come out on top, she made sure to give back to those affected by the wildfires in Australia. She donated her $43,000 winner’s check to the fundraising appeal for victims of Australian wildfires after the match. With this, she joins many other tennis stars, such as Ash Barty, Nick Kygrios, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, who have pledged money to the relief efforts in the area.

“It feels good. It’s been a long time,” Williams said. “I think you can see the relief on my face.”

“I played an incredible opponent today in Jessica and, honestly, it was a great match and I couldn’t have played anyone better in the final.”


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