Serena tells of medical reason behind superhero catsuit

Lawrence Cooper
May 30, 2018

Serena Williams entered the French Open as an unseeded player and her ranking fell from Np.1 to No. 451 after she had her daughter.

Another former champion coming back to Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova, also advanced as did perennial men's victor Rafael Nadal as early rain in Paris gave way to sunshine.

The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major victor in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September.

This time past year Sharapova had recently returned from a 15-month doping ban, but had not built her ranking high enough to qualify and was not offered a wild card.

"It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems".

"So I feel like clay is my best surface and I did put a lot of pressure on myself and I didn't play great". "She's my priority, and I work everything around her".

She played deliberately, showing little emotion early on other than an occasional sigh and double take at the net when it foiled her intentions.

The very first game featured an ace at 112 m.p.h., 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.

"Last time I won a round was three years ago and I actually battled an injury". Having won the most recent of her 23 majors while pregnant, she's setting out to see how much more she can accomplish as a 36-year-old mom.

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Before that, Gavrilova appeared to be unravelling, receiving a code violation for racquet abuse after dropping serve for a fourth time to fall behind a set and 2-0.

Pliskova and Williams shake hands after the match. "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 continued: "I was really happy Meghan wanted to incorporate that into it".

"I don't know how many aces I saw during the match".

"What she's done to be able to get back, along with Vika (Azarenka), as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy is a pretty awesome thing".

Williams stunned in her opening round win over Czech Kristyna Pliskova by wearing a black catsuit.

"But I'm a super hands-on mom. And my friends are, like, 'What happened?' I'm like, 'There was no beer pong.' I was looking at Alexis like, wait a minute, did we miss something?"

On Tuesday, she noted that she showed up at her news conference more promptly than she used to, so she could have more time to spend with Olympia.

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