Ash Barty set to clash with Serena Williams in second round

Tyler Owen
June 1, 2018

Williams, who returned to tennis in March, was asked about her chances at Roland Garros - a tournament she last won in 2015.

Williams returned to Grand Slam tennis this month for the first time since her victory a year ago at the Australian Open, a tournament she won while eight weeks pregnant. The opening set went with serve and eventually to a tie-break in which Williams bounced back from 3-0 down to clinch it. "Why would I want to do that, and be that?" She lost her number-ine ranking for going on maternity leave, after all.

Serena Williams at the Miami Open tennis tournament, in Key Biscayne, Fla., March 21, 2018. "No matter what, that's my priority", Williams said after her 7-6 (4) 6-4 first round win over Kristyna Pliskova.

Serena Williams is back in action - and winning matches her sister, Venus.

"Pro-bab-ly", she said with a raised eyebrow as her voice trailed off.

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

Williams added that she could use the 2004 goal to remind her daughter in the future that she was able to overcome her body image struggles.

"When push came to shove, the real Serena came out", Barty said after the the 23-times grand slam victor set up a third-round date with German 11th seed Julia Goerges.

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Queensland's Barty and grand slam titan Williams, contesting her first tournament since childbirth previous year, will square off for a place in the third round.

In the duo's only previous meeting, which happened at the 2014 Australian Open, Barty was beaten 6-2, 6-1.

Williams has previously shared her traumatic experience of giving birth in an article for CNN.

"So it will be a really good, another good show for me".

Whatever happens over the next two weeks, Williams insists her family priorities have eased the expectations on her as a player.

"That's a tough one for Serena; I honestly wouldn't expect her to win that", said Pat Cash, the former Wimbledon champion who is coaching the American player Coco Vandeweghe.

"I feel like a super hero when I wear it".

After statistics that were so negatively lopsided in that initial set, in which she managed to produce only three winners, Williams straightened things out, to the tune of 25 winners the rest of the way.

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