Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Serena Williams: I wore sneakers under royal wedding outfit

Serena Williams: I wore sneakers under royal wedding outfit

No one ever said coming back to tennis after an extended absence would be easy for Serena Williams.

Serena Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in two sets, scoring a victory in her Grand Slam return in the first round of the French Open Tuesday in Paris.

The 36-year-old American came from a set and break down to defeat Australia's Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Williams welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September previous year with husband Alexis Ohanian, and she has previously told of the life-threatening health complications that arose during the birth.

The match between tennis' two comeback queens turned the instant Williams released a primal roar after blasting a backhand return victor after being broken in the opening game of the second set. I want to let her do whatever she wants to do, as long as it's positive. Her serve held up, and she was able to outhit her opponent and win the match.

But the internet is filled with conspiracy theories that she was born a man - theories that Williams is well aware of, as she wrote an open letter to her mother previous year thanking her for her support over the issue.

Williams took the second 6-4 to secure her place in the second round. "And then if I need to train again, I have X time in training because of her nap schedules".

"Outside of the Mandarin tutor and the French tutor, which I'm really serious about, and of course ballet, I have no dreams for her..."

"I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit", she said in an on-court interview in reference to the fictional nation in the record-shattering Marvel flick. The 22-year-old Ashleigh Barty, the world No.17, was not here to make up the numbers but once "Serena came out", it was increasingly hard to see her win. She found her gear and what she needed to move through the match. "And one of her best assets is that when her back is against the wall, the best comes out".

I'm concerned about Serena's conditioning, as it catches up to everyone who isn't consistently playing.

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

She added: "I hope I am, and I'm going to strive to be the best mum I can be".

"I feel like in 2018 the world's different". They have played only twice, but not since 2011; Williams won both matches.

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