Ash Barty set to clash with Serena Williams in second round


I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda maybe.

Controversially overlooked for a seeding in Paris, after having her first child last September and slipping to No.451 in the world, Williams carved out a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over big-serving Czech left-hander Kristyna Pliskova.

"I remember one day, I couldn't find Olympia's bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be flawless for her".

But fans and pundits on Twitter were struck by her all-black skin-tight jump suit with a red waistband sash, and Williams was more than happy to discuss the decision afterwards.

"We designed it way before the movie", she said, "but still, it kind of reminds me of that". "She's so young, I don't really bring her".

Williams, who returned to tennis in March, was asked about her chances at Roland Garros - a tournament she last won in 2015.

"I couldn't play past year".

But, while she did not completely dismiss those concerns on Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams did enough to comfortably advance to round two.

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"It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems".

"I think people have to talk about it more because it's nearly like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy". I always wanted to be a super hero, and it's kind of my way of being a super hero.

It affects more than one in 10 women, but it can often go untraced because the effects - which include a persistent feeling of sadness and struggling to bond with their baby - can come on gradually.

"And I think just what an opportunity". Dads are too, but I actually breast fed for a really, really, really long time, and so I just had this real connection with my daughter. Pliskova, ranked No. 70 in the world, was facing Williams for the first time.

"The biggest difference is definitely I'm semi on time today", she said.

Ashleigh Barty concedes it's impossible to escape the hype for her looming French Open showdown with the great Serena Williams.

She had deliberately held back from a return, skipping Rome and Madrid, in order to make sure she was ready to compete on what is her least natural surface, training at the academy belonging to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Barty managed to win 73 percent of her total service points and had just 17 unforced errors. "But she's my priority, and I work everything around her".

'I mean, throughout two weeks, you play against different opponents and different circumstances with weather, with a lot of waiting around like we did, you know, to sunshine. This was first match on the terre battue since losing the 2016 French open final to the then first-time champion Garbine Muguruza.