Serena ends three-year drought as Williams celebrates titles across four decades

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal & Serena Williams to Headline Charity Event for Bushfires

Williams broke on Pegula's next service game and stayed in front until the end of the set to take the title and end a sequence of five defeats in finals since her 2017 win in Melbourne. Serena Williams has simply gained her very first singles title since welcoming her daughter, Olympia three years in the past so it should have been a very particular one!

"It's quite satisfying to get a victory in the final", Williams said.

Williams has offered to donate her prize money and a dress she wore in the tournament to the Australian bushfire appeals.

Williams had struggled for consistency earlier in the week, but sent an ominous message to the Australian Open field when she demolished the promising American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-1, 6-1 in their semi-final and then beat an impressive Pegula on Sunday.

With that win out of the way, Williams will set her sights on the 2020 Australian Open.

The length of time Serena Williams held her arms aloft after clinching her first WTA title in nearly three years spoke volumes on Sunday as the American prepares for the latest tilt at a 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne next week.

Serena defeated fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4.

Asked whether she felt patronised by near-constant mentions of her motherhood, Williams said her emotion instead was pride.

There were times during the final when Williams let out big screams after winning points, which showed how much she wanted to win this title.

Talking of Olympia, she was there to witness it as nicely and he or she even joined her mother on court docket to have fun it shortly after!

"I've been waiting two years for this moment!" she said, though technically it has been three.

It was the third Brisbane title and 16th WTA singles title for Pliskova, who was facing Keys for the first time.

"I don't think I hit a tremendous amount of aces - she was getting all my serves back".

"Caroline's had an fantastic career and I know she's retiring so I'm glad I got to play her before she retires and I'm happy to get the win and really excited to be in the final".

"I definitely didn't have nerves. But I've been in the finals a lot, so I just keep going and just keep trying".

"Obviously, it's just one step toward the next goal".