Auckland: Serena Williams makes it to 1st final of new decade, faces Pegula for title



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Auckland: Serena Williams makes it to 1st final of new decade, faces Pegula for title

Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams reached the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland boisterously on Saturday. The tournament top-seed defeated third seed and fellow American, Amanda Anisimova 6-1, 6-1 in just 43 minutes in the semi-final.

Williams hit 17 winners and had six unforced errors in the match. The former world no. 1 also converted all five break points she had on Anisimova's serve while saving the lone break point she faced. Anisimova, who was playing Williams for the first time in her career, had 11 winners of her own but her high count of 14 unforced errors ensured Williams' momentum wasn't disrupted at all.

In the final, Williams will face another compatriot in Jessica Pegula. The 25-year-old, ranked 82nd in the world, came from a set down to defeat fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the first semi-final of the day.

Pegula won 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 seven minutes short of the two-hour mark. As with Williams and Anisimova, Pegula and Wozniacki were also meeting each other for the first time in their career. It will also be the first-time clash between Williams and Pegula This is Pegula's third WTA career final.

Williams, meanwhile, is trying to win her first title since making a return to the Tour after pregnancy. Williams also has a chance of marking yet another milestone. If she were to win the singles and doubles final here – Wozniacki and she have reached the doubles final – it would be the first time since 2016 Wimbledon (won with sister Venus) that she would be claiming both the singles and doubles titles at an event.