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Wow! Amazing athlete ever.
The first tennis player to win title in single.....4 decades in a row.

GOAT = MomRena
73 WTA Titles
827 Matchs win
First time for title in Auckland.

Mariah Carey : No.1 Song ...4 Decades in a row
Serena Williams: Titles ...4 Decades in a row

Is her last name Carey? LOL
 

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Serena was so messy to start the match but once she held in that 3rd game to avoid going down a double break she calmed down and played better throughout.

Not a vintage performance like in the SF, but still pretty good throughout imo. Only problem was her serving, not as good as it needs to be yet.

Congratulations Serena - first time winning a title since the 2017 AO after losing 5 finals in a row! Hopefully this can exorcise some of her final demons she has always had since her comeback.

Jessica played a pretty great match herself, had chances in the first and could not capitalize and oftentimes you pay the price for not taking advantage of Serena's super slow starts. Did fight very well to save many BPs in the 2nd set, including a 0-40 in the first game and another 3 CPs/BPs in the penultimate game. She has a pretty lethal backhand and nice mentality, and no drama nor antics. I like her!

Now it's time for Serena to sweep the doubles title too with Caro!
 

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Well done, Serena!! It remains to be seen whether this can help her get over her mental block at slams but it would've been utterly disastrous if she lost. It was an encouraging sign that she was able to lift after seeming lost early in that first set. This is a great prep for AO and her additional time in dubs will help too. Go get that 24th slam Serena 💪

Good job from Pegula too. She wasn't daunted by the occasion and played some gutsy points - especially when saving 3 MPs on her serve.
 

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What a match! Serena has improved all week and Jessica represented herself so well. Really exciting to see Serena get a win here, setting herself up for success this year.
 

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Yesss! Congrats, Serena! :) :D

Not a final to remember. Rather a final to forget. Bad quality. A messy Serena :tape:

Serena had played her very best tennis in SF against Anisimova.
Today she started shit. She was so off. Could not have played much worse.

Serena played so bad tennis in the first set. Many and horrible UEs.
She was completely off, looked very nervous and was sooo dramatic too. lol
Thank God slowly she began rolling in the middle of set 1, also helped by UEs from Pegula.

Pegula is talented. Powerful clean strokes. Quite consistent too.

Serena stats from set 1
14 Winners
20 UEs :help:

Overall
35 Winners
29 UEs
 

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Congratulations, Serena! This title may not be the biggest, but it feels like a turning point. Hopefully, this means that Serena will be able to win #24 now. I don't even want #25. #24 would be enough.

Jessica played well enough to frustrate Serena in the first set and kept it up in the second set to force Serena to serve it out. CryBabyRena tried to show up at times, but was kept in check.

Congratulations to both ladies, and good luck moving forward!
 

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Y'all said Serena was only going to play two matches in Auckland before pulling out :sneaky:

Anyway, good match, she had to work for that one. Well deserved title, her first since coming back. Hopefully, her movement continues to get better for Melbourne.
 

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a mother winning a title... yawn
 

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First set:
Despite a wrap on her left thigh Pegula moved very well which was key to her fine play and Serena's early woes in the first two games of the set (2-0 Pegula); it was very hard to get the ball past Jessica and her compact swing enabled her to direct the ball with excellent control, either crosscourt or into Serena's body. There was a momentary chill of impending finalitis setting in on Serena's game once again.... but no, a false alarm after all as Serena calmed down and stepped up her attack, forcing errors from her opponent or driving the ball past Pegula.

Second set:
At one-all in the second, Pegula suddenly looked gassed, less pop on her groundstrokes and a frustrated sag on her shoulders; Serena breaks Jessica at love for the 2-1 lead. Serena holds and consolidates to 3-1. Both players take more care to measure the force of their shots in the fifth game .... it helps Pegula a bit more and she holds (3-2 Williams). With the aid of a couple of mighty overhead smashes Serena holds to lead 4-2. Jessica hangs tough and holds (4-3 Williams). Nice movement coming into net gives Serena the 5-3 edge. Serena forces an error from Jessica to get to deuce and then gets the advantage. Then : deuce, ad Williams; deuce; ad Williams ; deuce ; ad Pergula and she holds as Serena hits another ball too long (5-4 Williams). Explosive serving and swift footwork get Serena to 40-0... and with a stinging backhand up the line it's game set match Williams.

Get ready Melbourne, she's on her way.

The 2020 Auckland Open Women's singles champion is Serena Williams
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Amazing!! (y)
 
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