Serena Williams Wins in Her Return to the French Open
May 30, 2018, 05:31
The 36-year-old American had not played in one of tennis's biggest tournaments since the Australian Open in January 2017, when she won her 23rd Grand Slam title.
In the men's singles draw, Sam Querrey is one of several US players to make it to the second round. "After everything I went through to, to be able to come back and just step on court-winning is even more of a bonus". Her baby was born on September 1, and Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.
The very first game featured an ace at 112 miles per hour (181 kph) and when it ended with Pliskova netting a backhand, the chair umpire intoned, "Jeu, Madame Williams", - French for "Game, Mrs. Williams", a change from the "Mademoiselle" officials use for unmarried female players. Then came singles matches that actually counted, with two wins at Indian Wells, California, before a loss to Venus, followed by a first-round loss at the Miami Open on 21 March.
"She's playing unbelievable, and she's had such an awesome year last year and this year as well", said the three-times French Open champion and former world No.1.
"A lot of people have really reached out, because they have so many similar stories, too, " she said.
"You don't have to put her back at number one because she left at number one but try to figure out some sort of happy medium where it's fair for all". I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. "What she's done to be able to get back, along with Vika (Azarenka) as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy, is a pretty unbelievable thing". I think Serena is also in a very different place and just what an opportunity.
Williams made her return to the Roland Garros courts in a skintight black catsuit, saying she does so for a couple reasons.
"I don't know how many aces there were", Serena smiled courtside after the match.
"So it is definitely a little functionality to it".
However, after a marathon game at the start of the second set, in which Williams served three double faults, it was the former world No. 1 who looked to be struggling physically and Pliskova duly broke for a 2-0 lead. "I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going".
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