Serena Williams donates tournament prize money to Australian fire relief

Tennis player wins her first title since becoming a mother three years ago

Sabrina Barr
Monday 13 January 2020 10:44 GMT

Serena Williams has donated the prize money she received for winning a tennis tournament towards the Australian bushfire relief fund.

On Sunday, the 23-time Grand Slam winner achieved her first title in three years, defeating fellow American, Jessica Pegula, to win the women’s singles final at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.

The new title is the first Williams has won since becoming a mother to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in September 2017.

Following her win, it was revealed she is donating her $43,000 (£33,113) winner’s cheque in an effort to help combat the bushfires currently causing destruction across Australia.

Williams’ husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, expressed his pride in his wife’s donation on Instagram.

“What a start to the decade, @serenawilliams. We’re all so proud of you,” the entrepreneur wrote.

“And just when I think I can’t possibly be more proud, you donate all your prize money to fight the #australianbushfires.”

The Australian bushfires have damaged or destroyed approximately 3,000 homes since September.

At least 28 people and an estimated one billion animals have been killed as a result, with experts warning that some species of animal may have already become extinct.

Several celebrities have donated large sums of money towards tackling the blazes and supporting victims, including Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Jenner and Pink.

Following the Golden Globes, it was reported that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be auctioning off the outfit she wore for the awards ceremony to raise money to fight the wildfires.

Rapper Lizzo recently took time out from her touring schedule in Australia to help those affected by the bushfires by volunteering at a local food bank.

“We had the one and only Lizzo helping us sort and pack hampers in the warehouse today,” Foodbank Victoria wrote on Facebook.

“If you’d like to join Lizzo in supporting the bushfire crisis, you can click the link below to donate.”

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