Serena ousts Barty from French Open

Serena ousts Barty from French Open

Serena ousts Barty from French Open

Serena Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in two sets, scoring a victory in her Grand Slam return in the first round of the French Open Tuesday in Paris.

Goerges reached the last 16 at Roland Garros in 2015, but Serena should have plenty of added motivation knowing that victory could give her the chance to notch an incredible 19th consecutive win over long-time rival and five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova.

"She needs match play for sure but if she gets through the first three rounds and feels good physically and develops a little bit of confidence then she is probably the favourite, because she is Serena".

"I thought I've got to cut down on the errors, and I've just got to come out here and fight". The 36-year-old has banked over $84 million in career earnings, has an extraordinary overall winning ratio of 85.6%, and is a 23-time Grand Slam champion. "I want to be able to one day tell my daughter that I tried my best.Want her to be proud of me".

United States tennis star Serena Williams said her new black catsuit made her feel like a superhero and powered her to victory at the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.

Williams is now cruising through the opening stages of the French Open - and attracting attention for her "Black Panther"-style bodysuit, an outfit she said makes her feel "like a warrior princess" from Wakanda".

"It's not a typical outfit".

The world number one has openly admitted to struggling to cope with pressure of big matches in the past, but says she is feeling more relaxed on court.

"I managed to stay aggressive and I played smart as well", said Sharapova.

She also dedicated the look to all mothers recovering from tough pregnancies.

"I knew this would be very tough against a former US Open victor and a player who has made the final here", said 24-year-old Muguruza.

But when Serena slammed a crosscourt forehand victor into an open court to break back in the next game, the roar that rocked Philippe Chatrier Court told the world she was not done yet.

"It's not easy to come back with everything I have been through and there has been so many other women that have been through the same thing, and we just don't talk about it".

Maria Sharapova is coming off a straight sets win over Donna Vekić that took 22 games to decide. Pliskova has led the WTA in aces the past three seasons - and is No. 2 in that category this year - but managed only one on Saturday.

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