"That happened too. On both grand slams and WTA tournaments", she tweeted. "I was different to Venus: she was thin and tall and attractive, and I am strong and muscular - and lovely, but, you know, it was just totally different". So there is definitely a little functionality to it.
"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site". "So it's a fun suit but it's also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems". (BTW, Williams is an 23-time Grand Slam champ.) As of right now, the World Tennis Association (WTA) treats pregnancy as an "injury" and doesn't protect a woman's ranking if she's been away from the game for a long period of time because of it. Williams' situation has pressured the WTA to reevaluate their outdated ways.
"I feel like in 2018 the world's different".
"For so many years, I defined myself in just one way: by success, by championships, by making history", she told the magazine.
The design was inspired by a character in the Black Panther movie.
"I was wondering if it was in the rules", the Czech said.
Barty, who returned to circuit after an 18-month hiatus past year, can't wait to test Williams when the pair meet in the second round.
American Serena Williams believes she can play even better than she did before she took a break from tennis to give birth.
After her opening match, Williams played down her chances of winning a joint-record 24th Slam, saying she was not putting any pressure on herself to equal Margaret Court's tally so soon into her comeback from a hard birth.
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"It's been a few years now".
Barty came out pretty strong, but it was clear that Serena was not playing up to her usual level from before her break from tennis.
I feel like everything else will fall into place, and it has.
"Honestly, sometimes I think I still have to deal with it".
"It just kind of expands that, and I really, really embrace it".
"She's a genuine champion".
But Williams was moving far better now, hugging the baseline and refusing to allow Barty to dictate the rallies.
"She's continuing her fantastic rise since she came back and been so focused on tennis". Like she said, her muscles and strength are what made her so great at what she does: winning. If I can do it, so can you.
Exhorting herself and celebrating key moments along the path back, Williams grabbed four consecutive games over a span of less than 15 minutes to lead 4-1 in the second set, which soon enough would be hers.
Serena Williams of the USA returns a shot against Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.