Former world number one Serena Williams will begin her 2020 campaign with her first tournament at ASB Classic in Auckland.
Having played at the Auckland Open just once before, Serena Williams will look to go the distance in the lead-up to the first major of the year. Williams has participated in the Hopman Cup as her season-opener in the past but with the scrapping of hat competition from next year, the American has opted to play in Auckland instead.
Incidentally, Auckland is also the site of the announcement of her engagement to husband Alexis Ohanian. It was announced at Waiheke Island, not too far from where the tournament is currently played.
In a media release, Serena said:
“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.”
In her only previous appearance, Serena Williams was knocked out of the second round at this tournament, losing to Madison Brengle.
The 2020 edition of the Auckland Open starts off from January 6 and Julia Goerges will look to add to her title win last year. She had lifted the trophy by defeating Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in the final. Interestingly, Andreescu had recently won the Rogers Cup after Serena withdrew from the final, four games into the match, because of an injury.
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