Roland Garros: Serena Williams rediscovers winning ways in Paris

Juan Martin del Potro

Serena Williams went for a striking cat suit look as she returned to Grand Slam action with victory in the first round of the French Open Tuesday.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams of USA, Jill Smoller, Serena's agent, Isha Price, sister of Serena, Oracene Price, mother of Serena following her victory during Day Three of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France.

Competing in her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, and in one of few tournaments since delivering her daughter last September, Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in her first-round match at Roland Garros on Tuesday. But it wasn't just Williams' return to major championship tennis that caught everyone's attention.

Williams, nine months removed from giving birth to her first child and experiencing life-threatening complications, took the court in a black Nike bodysuit as she won consecutive sets over 70th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 and 6-4 to advance to the next round. Her haul of 23 Grand Slam singles crowns beats Steffi Graf's total by one, and is just one shy of Margaret Court's record 24.

"So it will be a really good, another good show for me".




"Not just for her but for the other women who could play her in the first round".

- Williams removes her jacket to reveal a black, body-hugging catsuit offset by a pinkish-red waistband. I had a baby but I am so happy to be back. She lost the first two games of the second set but came back to win six of the next eight to take the match.

"Even though we don't see everyday chatter, because she stays in different hotel, and so having a different plan totally than me", Karolina said.

The very first game featured an ace at 181 kph and when it ended with Pliskova netting a backhand, the chair umpire intoned, "Jeu, Madame Williams", - French for "Game, Mrs Williams", a change from the "Mademoiselle" officials use for unmarried female players. "I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful", Williams said.

Nadal hasn't ceded a set at the French Open since 2015, when he was beaten in the quarterfinals by Novak Djokovic.

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