Monday, 17 December, 2018

Serena Williams, all black catsuit, make headlines at the French Open

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Sergio Cook | 01 June, 2018, 20:16

Williams, 36, is playing in the tournament unseeded, due to her ranking of 453 before the tournament.

A marvel on the tennis court, new mum Serena Williams is now sporting her own superhero outfit as she makes her return to grand slam tennis.

The 36-year-old professional tennis player has revealed she struggled with her mood after she gave birth to her daughter Olympia - whom she has with her husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian - last September following a hard labour and once cried her eyes out because she couldn't find the little one's bottle.

The match between tennis' two comeback queens turned the instant Williams released a primal roar after blasting a backhand return victor after being broken in the opening game of the second set.

"This is my first Grand Slam back and I want to the best that I can".

However, she gave a stinging response to the doubters on Tuesday even if her win over the 70th-ranked Pliskova tested the American.

Serena Williams is the GOAT - an acronym for the "Greatest OF All Time", it is usually a term reserved for male athletes. "I nearly died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia", she wrote.

Williams had arrived at Roland Garros with just 4 matches under her belt in 2018.

She said: "Sometimes I think I still have to deal with it".

Queensland's Barty and grand slam titan Williams, contesting her first tournament since childbirth a year ago, will square off for a place in the third round.

"That's what Serena does to you", said Alicia Molik, the Australian Fed Cup captain, who was watching from Barty's player box. But having been bedridden for six weeks after suffering a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, Williams is only too aware of what she had to overcome to get herself ready for Paris. She found her gear and what she needed to move through the match.

Tuesday's match was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in 16 months. "I feel good and just so happy to be back here". She had played only four matches - going 2-2 - all season until this week.

"If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now", she said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Williams addresses a statement she made back in 2004 about wanting to get down to a size 4.

"I feel like a warrior princess".

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