20 Aug 2019

Tennis legend Serena Williams heading back to Auckland

From Checkpoint, 5:54 pm on 20 August 2019

She wasn't particularly complimentary about Auckland the last time she was here, but it hasn't stopped tennis legend Serena Williams from signing up for January's ASB Tennis Classic.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner was the tournament drawcard in 2017 but won only one match.

At the time Williams described the windy conditions in Auckland as "abhorrent" and the least favourite conditions she'd ever played in.

But her misgivings appear to have blown over with tournament director Karl Budge telling sports editor Stephen Hewson he's hopeful Williams can enjoy greater success at the 2020 tournament.