Serena Williams, arguably the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, won her first tournament title since giving birth – earning praise from President Trump on Sunday.
Williams broke a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic.
Williams, 38, hadn’t won a title since the Australian Open singles in January 2017, and not since she became a mother to her daughter Alexis Olympia, who was court-side to see the victory.
She celebrated her win alongside her husband, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. Serena Williams claims her first title since maternity return
Williams was cheered on by her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and the couple’s daughter, Alexis Olympia
Williams is seen above celebrating her victory in the final in Auckland on Sunday
President Trump on Sunday praised Serena, who came to the inauguration of the tennis center located at his golf club in Virginia in April 2015
The 23-time major winner donated her $43,000 winner’s check to the fundraising appeal for victims of Australian wildfires, joining many other tennis stars, such as Ash Barty, Nick Kygrios, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, who have pledged money to the already months-long fire emergency there.
Donald Trump reacted to Williams’ victory on Sunday, tweeting: ‘Congratulations to Serena Williams on another big win.