"Serena Williams Wins First Title Since Childbirth In 2017 " GhBase•com™

"Serena Williams Wins First Title Since Childbirth In 2017 " GhBase•com™

The celebration after her Auckland Classic victory was not as effusive as some of her previous 72 title wins, and the $43,000 winner's cheque, which she donated to Australia bushfire relief efforts, was a drop in the ocean for someone who has won nearly $93 million in career prize-money. It was 2017, and she was pregnant with her now-2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia, though she hadn't yet announced her pregnancy to the world.

However, throughout the Auckland Classic, and particularly during the finals, Williams was the veritable picture of calm and poise; even her trademark energetic entry onto the court in her final against American Jessica Pegula was a quiet one - Williams surveying the stands and looking out upon the crowds.

Hell, Williams won the 2017 Australian Open never dropping a set and she was almost 10 weeks pregnant. With the momentum on her side, Serena landed a backhand victor to grab another break in game eight, closing the set in the next game for a 6-3 and a big step towards the finish line.

"I've been playing in Australia for over 20 years and it was very hard for me to see all the news ..." said Williams. "So, I decided at the beginning of the tournament, every match I played, I'd donate a dress, and I'd also donate all my prize money for a great cause". I've been waiting two years for this moment, it feels good.

Reporter: Is there a chance you'll still be playing at 38, do you think? The young Americans broke in the third and seventh games of the first set and claimed the only break of the second set in the third game.

Adding, "You have to be your biggest cheerleader, especially if you're feeling you're not doing everything right - or even if you are doing everything right but things aren't working out for you".

Williams eventually achieved a break of her own to level at 3-3, finding the power and precision that had deserted her until then.

Williams' title drought included losses in the finals of four Grand Slam tournaments. Williams won his first WTA title in February 1999 by defeating Amélie Mauresmo of France.