Serena Williams plays in catsuit to honor pregnant mothers

30 May, 2018, 19:55 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Open Womens Singles Semifinal match- Roland Garros- Serena Williams of the U.S. vs Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands

"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career", said Williams, who appeared to symbolise her life as a "Super-mom" in the skin-tight, black catsuit she chose to wear for Tuesday's match.

The Grand Slam champion also quipped that the outfit was "Wakanda-inspired", referring to the Marvel film Black Panther, in which numerous characters wear similar bodysuits.

Williams won her first Grand Slam match since January 2017 on Tuesday, defeating No. 17 seed Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the French Open. I've been wearing trousers a lot in general when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going.

"But, overall, I was definitely happy with my performance and how I played today".

Just eight months after she "almost died" giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, the American was back to one of her favourite hunting grounds and swinging her racket at the French Open - albeit as a multi-tasking mother.

486 days later, Serena Williams returned to Grand Slam tennis as world No 451 having played only four competitive matches this year. It wasn't easy but I have been training really hard.

In her on-court interview after the win, Williams explained the look.

Williams also opened up on balancing her new role as a mother with that of the sporting star the world has watched for nearly two decades. After the two were tied at 6 in the first set, Williams fell behind 3-0 in the tiebreaker but rallied to win 7-4 and hollered in triumph several times.

"I was struggling to get in a little rhythm because there was so much acing, so many aces going on". Taylor Townsend's match against Myrtille Georges was just starting as Williams' was ending, and Alison Riske is set to face Simona Halep later in the day.

"She doesn't always succeed, sometimes she has to come back one, two, three times to get it, but at the end, she gets what she wants". I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going.

Williams, who won the 2017 Australian Open in the early stages of pregnancy. told reporters she felt she was "on the right track".

Serena struggled to read the Czech's big serve in the opening exchanges, but Pliskova lacked variety and efficiency in return as Serena lost just a single point on her first deliveries in the opening set.

"I think she played better than I expected, so it was a tough match".

Barty was the first to reach the second phase, showing no sign of back soreness in demolishing Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-3 6-1. In the final service game Pliskova had opportunity but lacked polish on pressure points.

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