Roland Garros: Serena Williams rediscovers winning ways in Paris

30 May, 2018, 05:28 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • American Serena Williams

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 American had not played in one of tennis's biggest tournaments since the Australian Open in January 2017, when she won her 23rd Grand Slam title.

Williams was taken to a tie-break in the opening set by the big-serving Pliskova, with the scoreline eventually 7-4 in her favour.

Krystina Pliskova, who shared the Wimbledon winners' stage with Serena back in 2010 - the Czech was junior champion as Serena won the real thing that year, played her part across the net on center court, but there was only one star.

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After losing to her sister Venus Williams in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open and to Naomi Osaka in the first round of the Miami Open, Williams chose to focus on training instead of playing more tournaments.

The 23-time major victor, who had not played on clay since 2016 after taking time away to have a baby, likened her outfit to something from Marvel's Black Panther and said the new look made her "feel like a super hero".

"I think it's an extremely tough question", she said. "I'm just happy to take it a day at a time". Her baby was born on September 1, and Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November. "What she's done to be able to get back, along with Vika (Azarenka) as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy, is a pretty unbelievable thing".

"Two years is a really long time but I have trained hard on clay and feel good", she said courtside afterwards.

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

Dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt, Serena captivated the French crowd from the start of the contest to its 7-6 (4) 6-4 conclusion.

"I had a lot of problems with my blood clots and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months", she added.

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She admitted the suit also had some functionality to it, after she suffered through blood clots after Olympia's birth.

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