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Serena Williams wins her opener in return to French Open

Serena Williams wins her opener in return to French Open

Williams dispatched rival Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Roland Garros.

As Williams - and her eye-catching outfit - grabbed the headlines, there were wins but a few scares for 10-time champion Rafael Nadal and two-time victor Maria Sharapova.

She gave birth on September 1, then dealt with complications related to a pulmonary embolism.

The American was also asked whether her experience of being at a Grand Slam had changed since becoming a mother.

"I think we raised some real money", she laughed before making her way to the exit, stopping for selfies and to sign autographs for an appreciative French crowd.

She added that her attempts at breaking into the fashion world to design clothing outside of tennis were shut down many, many times.

"God, I don't know how many blood clots I have had in the past 12 months".

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.

"I can't believe how much went wrong on my way to meeting her". "So it's a fun suit but it's also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems". "I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful. It just kind of expands that, and I really, really embrace it". The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was.

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

Barty, just 17 then and prior to an 18-month hiatus from tennis, has since established herself in the world's top 20 - and Williams is super wary of the threat the Australian poses. "Well, first and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby", said the 36-year-old, who is bidding to win a 24th major trophy to draw level with Margaret Court's all-time record.

"The biggest difference is definitely I'm semi on time today", she said.

In her on-court interview after the win, Williams explained the look. This was first match on the terre battue since losing the 2016 French open final to the then first-time champion Garbine Muguruza. "But she's my priority, and I work everything around her".

Serena Williams has caused a stir with her attire at the French Open.

It sure seems like Serena Williams can do it all.

The very first game featured an ace at 112 miles per hour (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.


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