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Serena Williams uses nail art to raise awareness about wildfire relief in Australia

TODAY logo TODAY 1/24/2020 Gina Vivinetto
a close up of a man: Serena Williams of the U.S. wipes her face as she plays China's Wang Qiang in their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) © Lee Jin-man Serena Williams of the U.S. wipes her face as she plays China's Wang Qiang in their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Serena Williams is no stranger to making fashion statements on the tennis court — and she did it again this week at the 2020 Australian Open.

Eagle-eyed fans noticed the 38-year-old tennis star's manicure paid tribute to koala bears affected by the ongoing Australian wildfires.

a close up of a man: Image: © Lee Jin-man Image:

Williams' nail art was on display during her matches on Wednesday and Friday. While most of the nails on her left hand were painted various pastel colors and bedazzled with jewels, the fingernail on her ring finger was decorated to look like a tiny koala bear.

a hand holding a knife: 2020 Australian Open - Day 5 © Fred Lee 2020 Australian Open - Day 5

An estimated 25,000 koalas have perished in the wildfires, which have been blazing since last September. The lives of more than 1 billion animals are believed to have been lost. Some animals are now feared extinct.

Serena Williams holding a racket on a court: Image: 2020 Australian Open - Day 5 © Kelly Defina Image: 2020 Australian Open - Day 5

The big-hearted tennis star has repeatedly called attention to the disaster to help raise awareness about relief efforts. Earlier this month, Williams, who's won the Australian Open seven times in the past, shared photos of first responders rescuing injured koalas.

Australian Open © Frank Molter Australian Open

"I am heartbroken over the devastation of the wildfires in Australia," wrote Williams, adding, "I have been going to Australia for over 20 years so this devastation is hitting me particularly hard."

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She also donated her $43,000 prize money to relief efforts from her win earlier this month at the ASB Classic Match in New Zealand. In the match, Williams defeated fellow American Jessica Pegula to win her first title since becoming a mom to her daughter, Olympia, in September 2017.

Serena Williams wearing a costume © Getty Images Serena Williams

Williams' husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, shared a photo of Williams and their daughter to celebrate her victory — and to express pride in his wife's generosity.

"What a start to the decade, @serenawilliams. We're all so proud of you," he gushed. "And just when I think I can't possibly be more proud, you donate all your prize money to fight the #australianbushfires."

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