Serena Williams Won Her First Grand Slam Match After Giving Birth

01 June, 2018, 20:17 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Williams, the 23-time major champion, gave birth to a daughter in September and saw her rankings tumble while she was out.

Serena beat Kristyna Pliskova 7-6, 6-4 while wearing a form-fitting black catsuit in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday, and plans to compete at Wimbledon in July.

The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major victor in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September. One break was enough for the Australian to take it 6-3. "In the beginning it was hard to learn her nap schedules... because I don't want her to ever feel like I'm not around".

Serena Williams is proud of her body.

Now, having beaten two fellow Czechs in the first two rounds - Barbora Krejcikova in the first, 7-6 (6), 6-4, then Lucie Safarova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 - she is preparing to take on the Russian. I was doing good, I just was making mistakes.

'Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can't do this.

Her phenomenal serve has not lost any of its sting and she sent nine aces flying past Barty.

"If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now - sorry, I'm one of those women", she told the magazine. But this is just my third tournament back and I've had a long break since my last one, so I'm probably not where I was before I left. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a handsome baby? Now it will be Görges's turn to see if she can capitalize on Williams's continuing search for top form.

Williams then trailed 0/3 before eventually taking the set when Pliskova, who had never won a match at the tournament in three previous visits, put a forehand wide.

However, despite her health battles, the 23-time Grand Slam victor hasn't been put off having any more children. I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I'm happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like...

But Williams drew on her unrivalled fighting qualities - and energy reserves some doubted she still possesses at nearly 37 and eight months into motherhood - to stave off Australia's 17th seed after one hour and 46 minutes. By the end, this was an incredibly encouraging performance in what was only her sixth singles match since giving birth.

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