Laughing as she made reference to the fictional nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to superheroBlack 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".
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.
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.
That claim is contested by the government of British Columbia and increasingly militant environmental and Indigenous protestors. Many more protests are expected as anger at the government's pipeline purchase exploded this week.
The Seminoles (43-17) became the first team since Wake Forest in 1998 and 1999 to claim back-to-back ACC baseball titles. Louisville could not respond with any runs of their own, and the 11-8 score would stand by the end of the tenth inning.
Vance made the decision even though he had a covert police recording of Weinstein telling Gutierrez he would not do it again. Harvey Weinstein has left a police station in handcuffs to head to court to face rape, criminal sex act and other charges.
Between Mixer, Twitch and YouTube Gaming, there have been 3.5 million hours of streaming across 41,000 unique broadcast channels. The game is no doubt seeing a robust debut due in part to its inclusion in the Xbox Game Pass program.
Davidson suggested, the United States would be unable to reverse that dominion short of a almost unthinkable war. The deployment, if confirmed, could mark the first installation of Chinese missiles in the South China Sea.
Following a classified election security briefing for Congress, Nielsen spoke to reporters, including CNN's Manu Raju. But the Senate intelligence committee said last week that it agrees with the intelligence agencies' assessment.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Mattis said diplomats are working to get the summit back on track. Following Trump's cancellation of the summit, North Korea issued a statement declaring it was still open to talks.
Larry Hogan tweeted following early reports of the incident to offer prayers to the "brave officer's family". Kurek said his other son, a volunteer firefighter, performed CPR on her while they called 911.
So you can bet Lucasfilm is looking to diversify their roster of lead characters by letting Lando Calrissian lead the way. Premiere blames a miscommunication between Kennedy and the interviewer for the previous erroneous quote.
China has been deploying serious military power to the region - including constructing manmade islands bristling with missiles. Last week China showed off the completion of an airstrip by flying bombers and other planes to the island base.
A mural of Savita Halappanavar , who died in Ireland in 2012 after being refused an abortion , is seen in Dublin on May 26, 2018. He vowed to appoint enough Supreme Court justices who oppose abortion to help overturn Roe v.
The remarks by Pompeo came almost two weeks after his boss Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 global nuclear deal. Zarif wrote: "It repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards".
LeBron James -- Faith in Cleveland Cavaliers shaken midseason
The Golden State Warriors pose with the Western Conference trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 7 on May 28, 2018. JAMES' SHOT: James isn't ready to make any bold predictions about how great he might be in his eighth straight Finals .
Alberto downgraded to tropical depression; 10 pm advisory
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Red Sox To Cut Ties With Hanley Ramirez
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Danica Patrick crashes out of final race at Indianapolis 500
She was surrounded by autograph-seekers all month, and she got one of the loudest ovations during driver introductions Sunday. Instead, she plans to spend time on her burgeoning business empire and with Rodgers. "But I'm grateful for all of it.
Oil Prices Fall As Saudis See Likely Supply Boost
Crude oil prices fell Wednesday after the Energy Information Adminstration reported a massive increase in crude oil stockpiles. Brent crude futures were down 75 cents at $78.82 a barrel by 0940 GMT, while US crude CLc1 fell 46 cents to $71.74 a barrel.
R. Kelly Sued for Sexual Assault: 'Painful and Abusive Sex'
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M&S says annual profits tumble on restructuring
M&S wants to move a third of its sales online and plans to have fewer, larger clothing and homeware stores in better locations. The company is seeking to reduce costs by at least £350 million, although its dividend will be maintained at its current level.
Voting chief concerned about turnout for Primaries
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