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Serena Williams Donates Prize Money From Her First Title Win In Three Years To Australian Wildfire Relief

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Serena Williams Donates Prize Money From Her First Title Win In Three Years To Australian Wildfire Relief

Serena Williams Donates Prize Money From Her First Title Win In Three Years To Australian Wildfire Relief

Today was a great day for Serena Williams. The tennis star ended a three-year title drought after beating Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic!

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The 38-year-old hadn’t won a title since the Australian Open in January 2017, and since becoming a mother to her daughter Olympia. After the game, Williams shared how thrilled she was about wining the title. She said,

“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.”

To make things even more special, Williams said she would donate her $43K winning check to the Australia wildfire relief.

“I’ve been playing Australia for over 20 years and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that’s been happening in Australia with all the fires and over a billion animals and people who have lost their homes,” Williams said. “So I decided that I would donate all my prize money for a great cause.”

U.S. President Donald Trump even tweeted to Williams, congratulating her on her big win. He tweeted,

“Congratulations to @serenawilliams on another big win. She is a great player and an even greater person. Our members in Virginia (Tennis) will never forget you!”

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