Serena Williams beats Kristyna Pliskova in triumphant return to French Open

Aubrey Yates
May 31, 2018

Showing no signs of the back problem that had her in doubt for the clay-court grand slam, Australia's 17th seed blasted past the world No.81 in just 64 minutes.

Williams dispatched rival Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Roland Garros.

In September 2017, Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexia Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian. However, she couldn't win any of them and on match point #2 Serena secured the contest in straight sets.

The outfit called to mind Williams' black "catsuit" that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open. "It's really changed how I wear clothes", Williams says.

"Last time I won a round was three years ago and I actually battled an injury".

It was by far the most significant event of Day 3 at Roland Garros, even though there were so many other Grand Slam champions in action. Rafael Nadal finished off a rain-interrupted victory as he begins his try for a record-extending 11th French Open title.

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Serena Williams, unseeded in her return to Grand Slam play after giving birth previous year, defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion, so it would not be hard to make a case that the draw would be lacking balance were she, as an unseeded player, to come up against the defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the very first round.

Her first point was a dropshot to chase, and it was the initial indication that her movement was definitely improved from her performances in America. She defeated Steffi Graf who defeated Chris Evert who defeated Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals and pretty much everybody of outcome from the early days of professional women's tennis. "That's what this represents", Williams told Tennis Channel's Jon Wertheim. She said on Tuesday that she's been mostly competing in trousers to ensure proper blood circulation, and that the much talked-about catsuit she's wearing in Paris has compression purposes as well - "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems".

"I feel like the second set we had a lot more rallies and we were getting in the rhythm a little bit more, and that kind of helped a little bit", the American said. They talk about the baby and how happy they are. God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months. "She's so young, I don't really bring her". I think Serena is also in a very different place and just what an opportunity. Pliskova had another crack at a break in Serena's next service game but was instead broken herself in game 5 to go down 7-6 3-2.

Williams made her return to the Roland Garros courts in a skintight black catsuit, saying she does so for a couple reasons.

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