Serena’s French Open return - clockwatch

Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on 29 May, 2018.

In the men's singles draw, Sam Querrey is one of several USA players to make it to the second round.

Although she rescued the game, Pliskova still faced the prospect of Williams serving for the match, an opening the latter eventually took-despite being taken to deuce four times-to progress to Round 2. But it wasn't just Williams' return to major championship tennis that caught everyone's attention.

- Williams removes her jacket to reveal a black, body-hugging catsuit offset by a pinkish-red waistband.

The last time the American had appeared in a Grand Slam tournament was at the Australian Open in 2017, when she won it while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia.

Coming into this tournament her career prize money stood at more than $84 million.

Pliskova made the ideal start in the tiebreak, building up a 3-0 lead, but Serena clinched six points in a row, and finally closed out the tiebreak after Pliskova sailed a backhand long.In the second Serena, who completed her first win of the season against a lefty player, the 168th in her career on clay, twice gave a break back to the Czech who started to play flatter and deeper down the line forehands in the second set.

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Still, she said she's not taking anything for granted.

"I have given tennis so much and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful". I had a baby but I am so happy to be back. It's been two years since I played here.

"Two years is a really long time but I have trained hard on clay and feel good", she said courtside afterwards. I think Serena is also in a very different place and just what an opportunity.

Dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt, Serena captivated the French crowd from the start of the contest to its 7-6 (4) 6-4 conclusion. Now, she looks like one, too.

Williams destroyed Barty for the loss of just three games in their only previous encounter, in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open.

"So it is definitely a little functionality to it".

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