New mum Serena back in the Grand Slam groove in Paris

Tyler Owen
May 31, 2018

Serena Williams took the French Open to Wakanda for a moment after taking to the clay courts to rock an all-Black catsuit that took on several meanings for her.

Serena Williams' triumphant return to Grand Slam action caused quite a stir on Tuesday, with her outfit - as well her performance - catching the eye.

"She will wear this outfit for her second match", said a spokeswoman for manufacturer Nike on Thursday. She will not want to leave early because she loves Paris. "It definitely has little functionality to it".

The last time she had been spotted on a court was in a first-round loss to Naomi Osaka in Miami in March.

She added: "I'm always living in a fantasy world".

"I did everything possible with my team to get us in a position to be able to play today".

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov eased to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman in his first ever main-draw French Open match.

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The American was also asked whether her experience of being at a Grand Slam had changed since becoming a mother.

"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site".

"I actually breast fed for a really, really, really long time, and so I just had this real connection with my daughter".

Luxembourg's Mandy Minella incredibly played while four and a half months pregnant at Wimbledon previous year, having found out she was expecting a child just before going out on court. I think probably in certain ways, yes, and I agree with those arguments; and then also I agree with arguments where it's no.

In September 2017, Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexia Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian. "It's really fun", she said, referencing the fictional nation at the centre of the Black Panther blockbuster movie.

Williams arms her weapons for battle on Thursday, when she takes on Ashleigh Barty in the Round of 64 at Roland-Garros. And it's good for her, because it's hard for her to play with better players and everybody needs to be challenged as much as possible to improve. Coming back physically, rebuild her body, rebuild her cardio, rebuild her game, that's tough.

"I've been asked to put a skirt on over leggings many times". She could be considered the most unlucky of seeds in a Grand Slam, for there can never have been a more unsafe floater in the draw. I think Serena is also in a very different place and just what an opportunity.

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