At the Auckland Classic, Williams won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open, breaking a three-year drought.
“I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now-husband Alexis Ohanian. I was like ‘I can’t stand you and I don’t know why,” recalled Williams.
She became the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equalled Steffi Graf’s record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings. She became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era. However, now Williams is itching to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles.
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“Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that – she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,” Allaster said. “Her records speak for themselves.”
“I think the low end would be $10,000, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to $25,000 or $50,000,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions
Serena Williams lost another final. In her fourth major final since childbirth two years ago, the ace tennis star was looking for a history-making 24th major title.
After losing in straight sets at the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep, Williams said she “knew I need to work harder, just do better.”
The 23-times Grand Slam champion Williams will face off fifth-seed Elina Svitolina, who previously upset Williams at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in the do or die semi-finals.
According to the business publication, the 23 Grand Slam singles champion earned $29.2 million in the 12-month period ending June 1, with just $4.2 million of that coming from prize money.
The issue was highlighted last year after Serena Williams married the entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. She did not change her last name, and when she was referred to as “Mrs Williams” on the court, things turned awkward and the issue was brought to the notice.
Simona Halep earned her a second Grand Slam title. “I didn’t think at all against who I play. I’ve always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena,” she said.