When Serena Williams performed a cartwheel in Auckland

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When Serena Williams performed a cartwheel in Auckland

Serena Williams retired at the last year's US Open, ending her glorious career after 25 years. Serena conquered her 23rd and last singles Major title at the 2017 Australian Open, giving a berth to a child later that year and returning to action in 2018.

Williams played in four Major finals in 2018 and 2019, losing them all and failing to secure the elusive 24th trophy. The American struggled with injuries in the last couple of years and decided to retire and spend more time with her family.

Serena's 73rd and last WTA title came in Auckland three years ago, lifting the first trophy since the mentioned one at Melbourne Park in 2017. While her practice partner Jarmere Jenkins was holding the singles ASB Classic trophy, Williams performed a cartwheel at an empty stadium in Auckland!

In the title match, Serena took down fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 to get back on the winning way, thrilled to finally hold the trophy again.

Serena Williams made a proper celebration of her last WTA title three years ago.

Eager to make a solid start to the season after competing at just eight tournaments in 2019, Serena played well in the first week of the new year.

Williams was delighted that her daughter was on the court to witness the trophy presentation. Also, Serena decided to donate the entire prize money to the Australian bushfire relief fund, overwhelmed by the tragedy that hit many people, homes and animals in Australia.

Serena suffered only one break of serve after saving four break chances. She took 46% of the return points to manufacture 15 opportunities. Williams converted three to move over the top in straight sets despite having to work hard in some moments.

Pegula had those five break chances in the first couple of games. She broke Serena in the encounter's earliest stages after a backhand error from the top seed and created more opportunities at 2-0. Serena fended off four break points to avoid an even more significant deficit and broke back in game six following a deep return that Pegula failed to control.

With the momentum on her side, Williams landed a backhand winner to grab another break at 4-3 and extend the lead. The top seed closed the set in the next one for 6-3 and a big step toward the finish line. Williams lost only four points behind the initial shot in the second set and kept the pressure on the other side.

She sailed through her service games and moved in front with a break at love at 1-1 after forcing Pegula's error. The younger American repelled three match points on serve at 3-5 before Serena held at love a few minutes later for a long-awaited title, the first and only as a mother.