Serena Williams ends drought, wins first title since she had her daughter

The drought is over. Serena Williams ended a three-year title drought Sunday, winning the ASB Classic. It was Williams’ first win since she had her daughter, Olympia, in 2017.

The 38-year-old Williams defeated Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 during the contest. Pegula, 25, pushed Williams early, but Williams got stronger as the match went on. It was Williams’ first win since the Australia Open in January 2017.

Williams expressed relief after the win, saying it has been a long time, according to the Associated Press.

“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.”

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Serena Williams of the United Sates stretches her shorts during her game against Maria Sharapova of Russia during for the Round 1 women's Singles match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 26, 2019 (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits balls into the crowd and jokes with film director Spike Lee after her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits balls into the crowd and jokes with film director Spike Lee after her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits balls into the crowd and jokes with film director Spike Lee after her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia after their Women's Singles first round match 1on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after defeating her in her Women's Singles first round match during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia after their Women's Singles first round match 1on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their Round 1 Women's Singles tennis match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 26, 2019. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Following the victory, Williams donated her $43,000 winnings to victims of the Australian wildfires. A number of tennis stars have also donated to the cause — including Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova.

With that win out of the way, Williams will set her sights on the 2020 Australian Open. The event will begin Jan. 19. Williams has won the Australian Open seven times.

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