Serena Williams misses a chance to experience ASB Classic double delight

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Serena Williams misses a chance to experience ASB Classic double delight

Losing four Major finals in 2018 and 2019, Serena Williams looks determined to change that in the season ahead of us, still playing on a high level despite turning 38 last August. After the withdrawal of Bianca Andreescu, Serena was the top seed at the season-opener in Auckland, beating Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 to grab the first WTA title since the Australian Open 2017 and also the one that she can share with her daughter Olympia.

Seeking double joy, Serena also played in the doubles final with her great friend Caroline Wozniacki who is retiring at the Australian Open, losing to Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 11 minutes to stay empty-handed after a thrilling and fun week in New Zealand.

Serving at 74%, Asia and Taylor lost only 14 points in ten service games, fending off seven out of eight break points in three different service games to keep the pressure on Serena and Caroline who weren't at the same level as in the previous matches.

The American and the Dane struggled on the second serve big time, getting broke three times from five chances offered to an all-American pair to finish runner-up. Serena had to save a break point in the opening game before Wozniacki suffered a break in the third game following a smash winner from Townsend.

Williams and Wozniacki pulled the break back in the very next game to get back on the positive side of the scoreboard before Caroline got broken at 15 in game seven thanks to a deep return from Townsend that the Dane failed to control.

Taylor and Asia saved two break chances in the next game with winners to remain in front, holding at 5-4 when Serena sent a lob long to grab the opener. Dominating at the next, the younger pair secured another break in the third game of the second set and repelled two break chances to confirm the break in the next game, losing only one point on serve in the next three service games and moving over the top with four winners at 5-4 to start a massive celebration of their first WTA doubles title.