Catwoman Serena is back

Catwoman Serena is back

Williams wore a black bodysuit with long leggings and a red waistband for her first-round French Open match at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Despite the temperature in Paris reaching 25C (77F), Williams kept her cool in her catsuit, and also said the sleek black number by sponsor Nike had aided her with preventing blood clots - something she has suffered with seriously in the past.

Tuesday's match was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams in 16 months, because she was pregnant and gave birth in September to a daughter. I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going. That she is now ranked 451 in the WTA rankings is an irrelevance - more pertinent is that she finished 2017 ranked 22, having played only two events all year.

Williams had played just two previous WTA tournaments since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

In case you still had any doubts about Serena Williams' GOAT status (but seriously, why would you?), the tennis champion is here to prove you wrong again. But all the same Serena was too strong, too good, simply too Serena for her world 70-ranked opponent.

Williams returned to the court in Paris and defeated Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets 7-6, 6-4.

She said: "I don't know". If I can do it, so can you.

The very first game featured an ace at 112 m.p.h., 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.

But the tennis champion pointed to the unfortunate timing of the advert, stating: "It's kind of interesting how it all tied into the wedding and, you know, then I felt a little awkward!" The pair combined for 28 aces during the match - 15 from Pliskova and 13 from Serena, who admits her serve speed can still go up a bit, and that she was focusing more on placement rather than speed in her clash with the Czech lefty. "I take it one day at a time".

'As for the cat suit, the new version, 2.0, it's cool, ' she smiled. "Well, first and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby", said the 36-year-old, who is bidding to win a 24th major trophy to draw level with Margaret Court's all-time record. "I think probably in certain ways, yes, and I agree with those arguments; and then also I agree with arguments where it's no".

Williams next will face Australian Ashleigh Barty, who is the 17th seed.

"So I feel like clay is my best surface and I did put a lot of pressure on myself and I didn't play great".

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