Tennis legend Serena Williams brought home a championship title for the first time in three years, and decided to use her prize money to do some good for the world.
Williams placed first in Sunday’s ASB Classic Match in Auckland, New Zealand. After her win, she announced she would be donating her winnings to the relief efforts for the Australian wildfires. This is Williams’s first win since her daughter was born in 2017. Her win against Jessica Pegula awarded her a $43,000 cash prize.
Williams said, “I’ve been playing Australia for over 20 years and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that’s been happening in Australia with all the fires and over a billion animals and people who have lost their homes, so I decided that I would donate all my prize money for a great cause.”
The wildfires have been burning since September and have claimed 25 human lives, and affected over 500 million reptiles, birds, and mammals around the country.
Next week, Williams will return to Australia for the start of the Australian Open. She has previously won seven Grand Slam singles titles in this location, and the organizers of the event are hoping to continue the event despite the wildfires.
Williams joins the list of celebrities who have been donating towards the relief fund, alongside Kylie Jenner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, and Hilary Duff.