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Serena Williams to begin 2020 season at ASB Classic in Auckland

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 21 Aug 2019
  • Serena will start her 2020 season in Auckland
  • The 37-year-old is playing the ASB Classic for the second time
Serena Williams (PA Images)

Serena Williams will launch her 2020 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland as her illustrious career continues into a staggering 26th professional year.

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 confirmed she would compete at the ASB Classic in Auckland for the second time, following on from her only other previous appearance in 2017, which resulted in a second round loss to Madison Brengle.



Auckland holds a special place in Serena’s heart after she announced her engagement to husband Alexis Ohanian from a beach on Waiheke Island, which is 20 kilometres or so from the tournament site.

Serena declared she is determined to win the title and add some on-court memories to her fond off-court time in the New Zealand city.

“Oh man, I want to win that title so bad," Serena said. "Last time I was there I had so much going on and although I fought through, I didn’t play to my level.  I have such amazing memories that are really special to me from Auckland.  I would really like to add some on court memories."

The 2020 ASB Classic will begin from January 6, with the Australian Open starting later that month on January 20. Julia Goerges is the defending champion, having defeated rising star Bianca Andreescu in the final.

Tournament director Karl Budge was delighted to confirm the return of Serena for next year’s event.

“We are thrilled to get Serena back," he said. "She has some unfinished business here.  Serena is chasing history and Auckland will play a key role in helping her achieve it.  I can’t wait to see her back out on court.”

Serena is still searching for that elusive record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and her first piece of silverware since returning to the tour as a mother following her 2017 Australian Open triumph.

The 37-year-old has made three Grand Slam finals since her comeback at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2017, along with a second consecutive runner-up finish at the All England Club this season to Simona Halep.

Serena is currently 19-5 for the season and pulled out of her latest tournament at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating Naomi Osaka on her way to the final before retiring against Bianca Andreescu because of a back injury.

The injury would keep Serena out of last week’s Western & Southern Open, with the American hoping to be fully fit for the star of next week’s U.S. Open.


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