Serena Williams is as focussed as ever to equal and then beat Margaret Courts’ slam record.

The Australian conquered 24 majors in her career while Serena is “stuck” at 23. The American sensation had various opportunities to get her 24th after she reached 3 slam finals following her complicated pregnancy. The former world no.1 was the finalist twice in Wimbledon (2018,2019) and once at the US Open (2018), but she always failed to conquer the last mile.

Eventually, Serena had to realize that the problem was that she wasn’t playing enough matches ahead of the slams.

Serena playing in New Zealand

Therefore, Serena decided to compete in Auckland the upcoming January with the tournament starting the 6th. This will be great warm-up for the American that will try to conquer later the Australian Open that will commence the 20th of the same month.

Karl Budge, the tournament director, commented:

“We are thrilled to get Serena back. 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 and her husband Alexis Ohanian’s sweet memories about Auckland

The American has rather sweet memories about Auckland. She played last time in New Zealand back in 2017 soon after she got engaged with her current husband Alexis Ohanian that was with her in Oceania. That tournament didn’t go that well for Serena since she lost in the 3rd round to Madison Brengle 6-4 6-7 6-4. However, that was a fantastic warm-up before she won the following Australian Open without dropping a single set and when she was even pregnant for a few weeks.

Serena commented:

“Oh man, I want to win that title so bad. 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.”

Serena Williams

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