Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Serena Williams Wins First Grand Slam Match Since Giving Birth

Serena Williams Wins First Grand Slam Match Since Giving Birth

"I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, (a) queen from Wakanda", Serena said post match, referring to catsuit she wore on court.

Williams admitted her eye-catching, figure-hugging black catsuit was inspired by the smash hit Black Panther movie but was also meant to help women with post-natal complications.

Competing in her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, and in one of few tournaments since delivering her daughter last September, Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in her first-round match at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

"I had a lot of problems with my blood clots", she said.

"It's been two years since I played here". And just coming back from the physical [side] of having a baby, at my age, is never really easy.

The next 2 games saw breaks of serve traded, resulting in Serena remaining ahead 4-3, as both players serves deserted them.

Garcia, who hasn't lost in a Grand Slam event to an opponent ranked as low as No.111 Duan since falling to No.114 Siniakova at 2016 Wimbledon, extended to 16-9 her record in Slam first-round matches. Ostapenko's win followed a recent trend of surprise winners: Since Williams took her leave from the sport, three of the four majors were won by a player with no previous Slam titles.

The former world No.1 revealed there was NO beer pong played, adding: "I don't even drink beer - I don't know where that story came from!"

The world No.25 looked like suffering her third consecutive first-round defeat at Roland Garros before turning the match around after a 45-minute rain delay. So there is definitely a little functionality to it. I just got home from her sisters funeral an hour ago. She watches every single tennis match she possibly can, scheduling her limited vacation times around tournaments just to be able to watch every match.

"She doesn't always succeed, sometimes she has to come back one, two, three times to get it, but at the end, she gets what she wants".

While Australia's men were put to shame as all seven crashed out of their first round singles matchups, Barty lived up to her first-time seeding at Roland Garros with a thumping 6-3 6-1 victory over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Pliskova grabbed the mini-break and went into a 3-0 lead before the veteran hit back to win the next six and clinch the advantage.

So a woman who has spent hundreds of weeks ranked No. 1 is now No. 451 and unseeded at the French Open, a subject of some debate: Should her past success accord her the protection a seeding offers?

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