Beating Amanda Anisimova, Serena Williams reached the final in Auckland. The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered at the start of the tournament, but raised her level with the passing of the rounds. At the Australian Open 2020, the American will try to win her 24th Major title, which would allow her to equal Margaret Court's all-time record.
"It was very satisfying," Williams said during the press conference. "I knew I was going up against a really good player, so I knew I had to step it up. I’m feeling fit, I feel like I’ve had some good matches.
Long rallies, short rallies, power players, the elements. This is exactly what I needed going into [the Australian Open in] Melbourne. I feel like everyone that I’ve played has been a quality player," Serena Williams added.
"So I knew that I’d have to keep playing at a better level." The former World No.1 is now one win away from winning her first WTA singles title since becoming a mother: "It would mean a lot to me, I’ve just been working hard for the past couple years, putting everything together, so we’re just keeping it going.
I’m looking forward to playing [Pegula] as well. It’ll be a tough match. I’ll have to bring it in the final."