Serena Williams Wins First Grand Slam Match After Returning from Pregnancy

Dean Simpson
May 31, 2018

Serena, who suffered life-threatening blood clots after giving birth, added: "Emotionally I think it's different, because, you know, I'm so emotionally attached to my daughter".

"It's been two years since I played here". "It makes me laugh that many parents only talk about the handsome, but it's also hard and there are sacrifices".

She said recently: "One minute, everything's going according to plan, and then I'm being wheeled off for surgery".

Nadal racked up his 80th win in Paris by seeing off Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9).

Williams is 451st on the WTA rankings and while playing under a protected ranking she was not seeded for the French.

Pliskova, ranked 70th in the world, said she expected Williams would not play as well as she did - the Czech player out-aced Williams - but the 23-time grand slam victor proved to be a tough opponent as usual.

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Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis earlier this year after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia. That didn't stop her from crushing her competitor, who's now ranked at No. 70 in the world. And she did it all in a sleek black catsuit. Williams then broke Pliskova in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead.

The 36-year-old closed out victory after a number of deuces on her serve at 5-4 with the Philippe-Chatrier crowd delighted to see her comeback win.

Pliskova, a lefty whose twin sister upset Williams in the 2016 US Open semifinals, actually hit more aces, 15.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Pliskova saved a match point and generated a trio of break point chances as Serena struggled to land a first serve from deuce.

Nadal, bidding for an 11th title in Paris and his 17th major, next faces Argentina's Guido Pella for a place in the last 32.

"So no one really knows about it, but now that we have that platform and now that we are talking about it, I am vocal about it.

Mostly, I miss winning". It remains the only Grand Slam first round defeat Serena ever conceded - from 67 contested. "Australia is really hot, some days can be over [104 degrees fahrenheit], which is insane, but she never complained", she remembers.

Williams teammed with sister Venus for a 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Karto, while Barty - a finalist with Casey Dellacqua a year ago - and American Coco Vandeweghe suffered a disappointing 2-6 6-4 6-4 loss to Croatians Donna Vekic and Darija Jurak.

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