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Serena Williams battles past Kristyna Pliskova to kick off comeback

Serena Williams returns a shot during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris ahead of the French Open tennis tournament French Open: Sharapova return sees her overcome wobble
Sergio Cook | 31 May, 2018, 21:06

ASH Barty is plotting Serena Williams' French Open downfall after the comeback queens steamed into a Roland Garros blockbuster. Serena Williams has been winning some matches at the side of her sister Venus.

Speaking to Britain's Harper's Bazaar, she said: "Honestly, sometimes I think I still have to deal with it".

She said from the start of her pregnancy she would be back on the court again - but not until she knew she could win.

It seems Williams' husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was on board with the reference, labelling her suit "that superhero outfit" on Twitter. She is playing at a Slam for the first time since winning the Australian Open in 2017 when she was already nearly two months pregnant. "I've learned to embrace and celebrate this process of individual growth and dedicate this collection to all women who want to join me in showing the world our true selves".

"It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems". Pliskova had another crack at a break in Serena's next service game but was instead broken herself in game 5 to go down 7-6 3-2.

"Well, she's playing unbelievable, and she's had such an awesome year last year and this year, as well", Williams said.

"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site". The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was.

Luxembourg's Mandy Minella incredibly played while four and a half months pregnant at Wimbledon a year ago, having found out she was expecting a child just before going out on court.

"You know, emotionally I think it's different, because I'm so emotionally attached to my daughter".

"I couldn't play previous year". And it's good for her, because it's hard for her to play with better players and everybody needs to be challenged as much as possible to improve.

Serena Williams took more than a year away from her tennis career while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, who arrived in September.

After months of worrying more about diapers than drop shots, of breastfeeding for what she called "a really, really, really long time", of organizing her practice schedule around her newborn's nap schedule, Williams was back to doing what she's most famous for, in an arena where she earned trophies in 2002, 2013 and 2015.

"When we spoke, she came to Mouratoglou Academy and we did a few practices and I sat with her and told her she was not ready".

Williams next will face Australian Ashleigh Barty, who is the 17th seed.

There also is a message she wanted to send about self-worth and feeling powerful as she returned to Grand Slam action with a first-round victory at Roland Garros on Tuesday, about nine months after giving birth to a daughter.

'I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of awesome women and kids.

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