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Serena Williams claims first major post-baby win in black catsuit

30 May, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Serena Williams claims first major post-baby win in black catsuit

Taking the court for her first major tournament since giving birth to her daughter in September, the 2017 Australian Open title victor claimed a 7-6, 6-4 first-round victory over the Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday.

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.

"No matter what, that's my priority", Williams said after her 7-6 (4) 6-4 first round win over Kristyna Pliskova.

In her first appearance in a major since her 2017 Australian Open triumph, Serena dismissed Kristyna Pliskova, whose sister remains the last player to have beaten the greatest player of all time according to Roger Federer in a Slam.

Serena is now competing at Roland Garros and is vying for her 24th Grand Slam title, the highest number of any player in the Open Era.

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Pliskova, feeling the pressure despite a decent serving performance on the day nearly lost her final service game, but was able to power through and force Serena to try to serve the match out. Two years has been a long time but I trained really hard on the clay. 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. The American got her first look at a break point late when Pliskova offered her a set point before sealing it with a timely ace.

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"I don't want her to ever feel like I'm not around".

"She's a genuine champion", Barty said. She's ranked No. 451 coming into the French Open.

She admitted the suit also had some functionality to it, after she suffered through blood clots after Olympia's birth.

Williams saved a break point in the 12th game to send the opener into a tie-break.

Barty was the first to reach the second phase, showing no sign of back soreness in demolishing Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-3 6-1.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic kicked off his tournament with a straight-set win over James Duckworth of Australia.

But as the match wore on, and rust fell from the American's game, she single-mindedly imposed her will.

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