Serena Williams Wins First Grand Slam Match After Returning from Pregnancy

Serena Williams in action during her first round match against Kristyna Pliskova in Paris

Serena Williams said she felt like a "superhero" in the black catsuit she wore during the 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.

The last time Serena Williams played a Grand Slam match, Andy Murray was the fellow singles world No 1, Maria Sharapova was serving a ban, Roger Federer had not won a Major in around five years and Jelena Ostapenko was a Latvian teenager who hadn't lifted a single tennis trophy as yet.

Not only does this mark the tennis behemoth's 23rd Grand Slam win, but also her first since giving birth to Olympia, her daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian.

Continuing his comeback from foot surgery, Duckworth put up a fight against third seed Marin Cilic on centre court before bowing out 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-4) to the 2018 Australian Open finalist and 2017 Wimbledon runner-up.

¶ The two-time Grand Slam victor Garbiñe Muguruza is back to winning ways at the French Open after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova, another former Roland Garros champion.

After trailing 3-0 in the tiebreaker, she reeled off six points in a row.

Only later did Williams reveal that she was pregnant while playing in Australia.

Jordan Thompson lost to Casper Ruud in a five-set thriller, young-gun Alex de Minaur went down to Britain's Kyle Edmund in three sets, and James Duckworth was convincingly beaten by no. 3 seed Marin Cilic. The big serves that provided 13 aces.

Pliskova assumed early control with a break in the second set, but Williams refused to be dictated to and fought back.

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However, she gave a stinging response to the doubters on Tuesday even if her win over the 70th-ranked Pliskova tested the American.

Williams then took another break to work on her game, and that absence of more than two months ended Tuesday. I feel like a warrior princess.

"It was really exciting to see so much African-American culture impacted in the wedding", she said. "And then if I need to train again, I have X time in training because of her nap schedules".

Still, Williams, 36, struggled with movement throughout much of the match.

"The catsuit, 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", she said. "Love you all!", she posted.

Williams hasn't played in a while, so her world ranking has dropped a lot.

As she served for the match, she slipped into the net, righting herself sporting an embarrassed smile. "And I think I'll have to use those experiences, both the good and the bad from that match, going into my next match", Barty said.

"I battled the rain, my opponent, the nerves, so it's pretty nice to get through".

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