Serena Williams wears superhero catsuit in French Open return

Marcus Newton
June 3, 2018

Serena Williams gave an ominous warning with a comeback victory against Ashleigh Barty, while Simona Halep cut a relaxed figure after dominating Taylor Townsend at the French Open.

Donning her Wakanda-inspired catsuit again, Williams came back from a set down to defeat Australia's Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 as she continued her quest for a joint-record 24th Grand Slam with Margaret Court now holding the record.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova saw her dreams of victory in Paris ended by a fantastic display by Anett Kontaveit.

"I think any time you play against Serena you know what you're up against", said Sharapova, seeded 28th here.

"I will be back tomorrow to play doubles with Venus". "But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams".

"I want to be able to one day tell my daughter that I tried my best".

Two-time champion Sharapova will play her first match on the famous Philippe Chatrier court since 2015 when she faces sixth seed Pliskova for a place in the last 16.

PARIS: Serena Williams continued to wear her striking, all-black catsuit in her French Open second round clash on Thursday despite questions raised over whether or not it breaks the rules over appropriate on-court playing gear.

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And although she loves being a mum, Serena revealed she suffered with postnatal depression after her daughter's hard birth, which required her to have an emergency caesarean and undergo surgery for blood clots on her lungs.

"It's not a typical outfit". I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going.

"I feel like in 2018 the world's different".

"However, my outfit is actually functional for me, because I had a lot of health issues".

Ranked No. 453 in the world, Williams won her opening round match at the French Open Tuesday against world No. 70 Kristyna Pliskova.

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

The Russian, victor in Paris in 2012 and 2014, is seeded at a major for the first time since testing positive for meldonium two years ago.

But the 36-year-old's serve remains a formidable weapon, helping her take the first set after a tie-break.

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