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Serena Williams Explains Catsuit Outfit Worn in Return to French Open

Serena Williams Explains Catsuit Outfit Worn in Return to French Open

"There were a couple of rain delays so I wasn't able to [see her]". Dads are, too, but I actually breast-fed for a really, really, really long time, and so I just had this real connection with my daughter.

But it also has the added advantage of making Williams feel like a superhero from "Black Panther".

Pliskova had 34 winners to Serena's 29, but she made 33 unforced errors to Serena's 25.

The first glimpse of Williams as she prepared for her comeback came in an exhibition in December against 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The 23-time Grand Slam title victor added that the ensemble ― which actually was designed before "Black Panther" emerged ― was dedicated to "all the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce".

"Well, she's playing unbelievable, and she's had such an awesome year last year and this year, as well", Williams said.

Serena has spoken about health concerns over blood clots in the days after giving birth, and on Tuesday said: "Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months".

But as the match wore on, and rust fell from the American's game, she single-mindedly imposed her will. "It's a bit hard to avoid", Barty said after booking the second-round blockbuster with a thumping 6-3 6-1 victory over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Pliskova admitted she had nerves at the start of the match, which zigzagged along without any particular rhythm initially, with short points and a fair sprinkling of aces.

After trailing 3-0 in the tiebreaker, she reeled off six points in a row.

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The top seed eventually claimed victory on a third match point when Bolelli dumped a forehand into the net.

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.

"I really suffered today but it was a good test", said Nadal who had been in danger of dropping his first set at Roland Garros since his 2015 quarter-final loss to Novak Djokovic.

"I'm so glad to win a match here and I'm taking it one day at a time".

It was a far from easy first Grand Slam appearance back for the American, but she closed out a hard-fought win in two tight sets.

Williams did not compete in tennis after winning the 2017 Australian Open.

"She's a genuine champion".

Next for Shapovalov is a matchup against 70th-ranked Maximilian Marterer of Germany, a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 victor against Ryan Harrison of the U.S.

A third-round showdown with 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza looms large after the Spanish third seed also scored an impressive straight-sets victory on Tuesday - 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 over 2009 victor Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Officially ranked 451, and chasing a record-equalling 24th singles major, Williams was predictably below her best against world No 70 Pliskova.


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