Serena back in business as Nadal, Sharapova survive scares

French Open: Sharapova return sees her overcome wobble

Serena Williams admitted her eye-catching, figure-hugging black catsuit she sported on her Roland Garros return on Tuesday, May 29, was inspired by the smash hit "Black Panther" movie but was also meant to help women with post-natal complications.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty is set for a French Open centre-court showstopper against Serena Williams at Roland Garros on Thursday night, but knows there's a delicate balance to be struck if she is to reach the third round. At the time of filming, it had only been 8 months since she gave birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.

After what was a relatively simple labour, doctors discovered that Williams had a pulmonary embolism: a blood clot in the lungs.

I call it like my Wakanda-inspired cat suit.

Then, perhaps questioning her own words as she heard them, she paused, before adding with a laugh: "I think deep down, we all know the answer to that". The tennis star says she wore the suit both for medical reasons but also to show and prove that mothers can bounce back from childbirth.

The 36-year-old has returned to the Grand Slam stage at Roland Garros from maternity leave after the birth of daughter Junior last September.

The crafty Barty, though, will try to drag the 23-times grand slam champion out of her comfort zone on Court Philippe-Chatrier.




"I did everything possible with my team to get us in a position to be able to play today". "But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams".

"She's continuing her fantastic rise since she came back and been so focused on tennis. The draw is tricky but that can play a positive role for Serena because she can't necessarily just work her way into the tournament the way she could if she had an easy draw".

"Two years has been a really long time", she told the crowd in French, referring to her last match on clay. 'She played really well; she made a lot of aces (15).

"I am just so happy to have won a match here. thank you all".

A lot has changed since she lifted the Australian Open in 2016, when she was pregnant with her first child unbeknownst to the world. She moved up to No. 451 with the win.

Williams will play her second-round match against 17th-ranked Ashleigh Barty, who is very impressed by her opponent's comeback: "What Serena's done to be able to get back, along with Azarenka as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy, is a pretty wonderful thing".

World number one Simona Halep, twice a runner-up, had her opener against Alison Riske, the 83rd-ranked American, put back to Wednesday.

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