Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Serena back in business as Nadal, Sharapova survive scares

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Tamara Craig | 01 June, 2018, 20:19

The 23-time major victor, who had not played on clay since 2016 after taking time away to have a baby, likened her outfit to something from Marvel's Black Panther and said the new look made her "feel like a super hero".

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. She played a poor service game in the middle of the set, and Barty won a break which she would not relinquish, winning the first set 6-3.

In September 2017, Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexia Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian.

But when Serena slammed a crosscourt forehand victor into an open court to break back in the next game, the roar that rocked Philippe Chatrier Court told the world she was not done yet. And I don't want to get there.

She was relaxed about her chances of adding to her three French Open singles titles.

Exhorting herself and celebrating key moments along the path back, Williams grabbed four consecutive games over a span of less than 15 minutes to lead 4-1 in the second set, which soon enough would be hers.

"Olympia needs a little sister, and then we can have a boy", said the athlete, who is one of five sisters, including fellow tennis ace Venus. I was doing good, I just was making mistakes.

Trump's 25% steel tariff angers world leaders and business
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Ashleigh Barty is stewing over what might have been after her fearless bid to cut short Serena Williams' grand slam comeback ended in a tense three-set French Open defeat.

As many have been before her, Barty began to look overawed by the force of Williams' personality.

"I fell like a warrior princess kind, a queen from Wakanda", the 36-year-old said, referencing the blockbuster Black Panther movie from Marvel. She needs to win five more matches, and it only gets more hard from here.

Considering the last time she was in a Grand Slam arena she walked off as the champion, albeit while pregnant at the 2017 Australian Open, her hunger for success can not be questioned.

I'm concerned about Serena's conditioning, as it catches up to everyone who isn't consistently playing. It was a solid performance from Barty, who came into this tournament dealing with a back issue that forced her to retire in the middle of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.

Williams referred to what she wore Tuesday as the "catsuit - the new version, 2.0".

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