'Superhero' Serena Williams wins on French Open return

'Superhero' Serena Williams wins on French Open return

'Superhero' Serena Williams wins on French Open return

"Yeah, it feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves". In 2016, Nadal withdrew with an injured left wrist after a pair of easy victories, then claimed every set he played previous year en route to the trophy.

She explained: "For so many years, I defined myself in just one way: by success, by championships, by making history". However, she couldn't win any of them and on match point #2 Serena secured the contest in straight sets.

Barty needed just 64 minutes to live up to her first-time seeding at Roland Garros, while also showing no signs of the back problem that had her in doubt for the clay-court major.

Williams lost her No.1 ranking due to her inactivity and is unseeded for the tournament.

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

This time there was a little rust to shake off - she only gave birth in September - and she didn't quite move as when at her best.

The fashion statement, this time in the form of a black bodysuit with a red waistband.

After falling behind 2-0 in the second set, Williams came up with a trio of service breaks.

In every category, Williams' achievements dwarf her opponent's, bar one - Pliskova holds the WTA record for aces in a single match: 31 at the 2016 Australian Open.

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Serena last competed more than a year ago, when she took out the 2017 Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant.

"I have been wearing trousers a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going".

It was evident from her celebration how much this win meant.

Nadal, bidding for an 11th title in Paris and his 17th major, next faces Argentina's Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.

"So no one really knows about it, but now that we have that platform and now that we are talking about it, I am vocal about it". She was given a tough challenge by Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp, but Sharapova eventually prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

"There are a lot of things that are going into this rule and into the thought process", Azarenka said.

The Russian, who was Paris champion in 2012 and 2014, fired 35 winners in her victory on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The 19-year-old lefty, who is seeded 24th, needed just two hours to get past 59th-ranked John Millman of Australia, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.

Third seed and 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza defeated 2009 victor Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7/0), 6-2.

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