Williams works for Pliskova win in Grand Slam comeback

French Open Serena Williams Set For Grand Slam Return At Roland Garros

Laughing as she made reference to the fictional nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to superhero Black Panther from Marvel Comics, Williams told reporters: "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess, a queen from Wakanda maybe".

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic at the 2018 French Open on May 29, 2018 in Paris. Just nine months ago, Williams became a mom of a precious baby girl so to see her back on the court so soon is definitely inspiring to many.

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

But blessed with one of the sharpest tennis minds in the business, Barty's game plan will be to boss Williams from side to side in an attempt to exhaust the underdone grand slam colossus. "She's so young, I don't really bring her".

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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". She said, "Winning's always been the way I define myself and I want it to stay that way for a long time. I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful", Williams said. There were other blips, of the sort to be expected from someone who hasn't played lately.

But, while she did not completely dismiss those concerns on Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams did enough to comfortably advance to round two.

"I did everything possible with my team to get us in a position to be able to play today". "I have been putting a lot of work in on the court, off the court, on the court, on the court, off the court - that's kind of been my life". "What she's done to be able to get back.is a pretty fantastic thing". I trained hard. I'm just happy to have a won match here.

She will struggle to win the French Open on this evidence, but the medium term goal will be to mount a serious challenge at Wimbledon, and that may well be within range.

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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.

The Women's Tennis Association - the governing body of the women's tennis tour - is mulling a rules change to protect seedings and rankings for players returning from maternity leave.

Serena Williams considers the black bodysuit she wore at the French Open much more than a fashion statement. "Yeah, so I think there are definitely some differences, but there is a lot of similarities, as well". I think probably in certain ways, yes, and I agree with those arguments; and then also I agree with arguments where it's no.

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