Serena Williams , the 38-year-old has won her first title since becoming a mother – and immediately donated her $43,000 prize money to Australian bushfire relief. She lifted the trophy at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, after defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula. While expressing joy she mentioned that it was really important as it would help her to move towards the next goal.
Williams said she almost died giving birth but she remarkably returned to the WTA Tour six months later in March 2018. Her first appearance had been even earlier at an exhibition match the previous December in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.