"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".
Tuesday's return was striking, from Williams' powerful shots to her outfit, which called to mind the "catsuit" she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open.
While dresses or skirts are generally the go-to look for female tennis players, some users have noted that Williams is not the first to break the norm - American Anne White donned a white bodysuit at Wimbledon in 1985; Williams herself at least practiced in one in 2011. The 23-time Grand Slam champion took the court at the 2018 French Open on Tuesday, May 29, for her first major appearance since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia last September wearing a Black Panther-inspired Nike catsuit that had the most empowering message behind it. Sharapova managed to turn things around, and Hogenkamp angrily tossed her racket at the red clay after Sharapova resisted pressure on her serve in the sixth game, saving two break points.
Queensland's Barty and grand slam titan Williams, contesting her first tournament since childbirth a year ago, will square off for a place in the third round. It wasn't easy but I have been training really hard.
French Open organisers stick rigidly to the WTA rankings, so would not seed Serena. On Sunday, Venus lost her first-round match to China's Wang Qiang, but several American women advanced, including 2017 US Open champ Sloane Stephens, who defeated Arantxa Rus, and CoCo Vandeweghe, who beat Laura Siegemund.
On Monday, Williams kicked off the French Open with a win, defeating the Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets. "I always wanted to be a super hero". "I'm just taking it a day at a time". In the second set, the Chinese won just 10 points, and six came thanks to her opponent's unforced errors.
"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". It definitely has little functionality to it.
Without a win at Roland Garros since 2015, Gavrilova was staring down the barrel of another painful premature exit at the hands of Sorana Cirstea before rallying to a 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over the feisty Romanian.
"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".
He quickly levelled at 3-3 on Tuesday, saved four break points in the eighth game before saving four set points in the breaker.
Speaking after her first round win over Kristyna Pliskova at Roland Garros, Serena laughed off the claims, saying that they are "not even remotely true".