French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova Sets Up Potential Serena Williams Clash

French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova Sets Up Potential Serena Williams Clash

French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova Sets Up Potential Serena Williams Clash

Williams returned to Grand Slam tennis this month for the first time since her victory a year ago at the Australian Open, a tournament she won while eight weeks pregnant.

"I lost the first set and thought I must try harder, I must try harder - and then Serena came out".

"Still, I believe you've got to distance yourself a little from the name of your opponent".

"I don't even know what material it is, it looks like neoprene". "But it's different when you're out there on center court, and Serena's been there so many times".

"Quite frankly its better than doing two hours of practice", Serena said. "I made a volley today so that's exciting".

The five-time Grand Slam champion served a 15-month suspension in 2016 and was refused a wildcard in 2017. Barty put up a stiff challenge, and really forced Serena out of her comfort zone with a mix of slices and topspin shots.

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But the suit is more than just a bit of fun, helping to combat some of the health issues Williams has experienced since giving birth in September. Serena is certainly looking the part.

"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 definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of unbelievable women and kids". I always wanted to be a super hero, and it's kind of my way of being a super hero. "I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of fantastic women and kids".

Serena Williams of the US played her Tuesday May 29, 2018, first round French Open match against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in a all-black bodysuit.

Muguruza, a champion in Paris two years ago, was up against home favourite Fiona Ferro on Court Suzanne Lenglen, but she coped with that pressure to secure a routine 6-4 6-3 win.

Next for Williams is a third-round match against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany.

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