Serena mirrors Black Panther to battle past Pliskova

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"I feel like a warrior princess".

"We designed it way before the movie", she said, "but still, it kind of reminds me of that".

But it also has the added advantage of making Williams feel like a superhero from "Black Panther". But having been bedridden for six weeks after suffering a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, Williams is only too aware of what she had to overcome to get herself ready for Paris.

Behind the jokes, there is also a more serious reason for the choice of skin-tight bodysuit outfit for the American, who only had first child, a daughter, last September.

She said: "Oh, there was no beer pong".

Arriving on Philippe Chatrier Court in a black catsuit, offset with a pinkish-red waistband, Williams saved a break point in the 12th game to send the opener into a tiebreak. "Love you all!" read her celebratory tweet, noting the blood clots on her lungs that were found after she gave birth. "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional", she said.

The three-time French Open champion came in unseeded despite being ranked No. 1 in the world when she took maternity leave past year, later giving birth to her first child in September.

Williams elaborated on her comments in another interview, adding that she hoped her on-court appearance would inspire "a whole different group of awesome women".

"Well, my priority is Olympia".

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

Ohanian continued, "I'm grateful for all the people around the world who adore my wife; the world".

Showing no signs of the back problem that had her in doubt for the clay-court grand slam, Australia's 17th seed blasted past the world No.81 in just 64 minutes. Whether that's due to her "watch me!" wardrobe or her recent return to the tour after maternity leave is up in the air. I want her to know that I put her first in my life.

"But I think I'm in a very different place".

"But she's ny priority, and I work everything around her".

It's kind of interesting how it all tied into the wedding and, you know, then I felt a little awkward!

This tournament felt as if it were holding its collective breath for her slightly rain-delayed debut on Day 3, a comeback within a comeback that began three months ago with a Fed Cup doubles match and continued with a pair of wins at Indian Wells.

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