Serena Williams is after a year of absence again of the party at Roland Garros. And its passage was immediately noticeable: the American left after all her tennisrokje in the closet and chose (not for the first time) for a striking outfit: complete in black with only a red band around her waist. The opinions are divided but it brought her, however, good luck against Kristýna Plíšková: 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
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The 36-year-old American Serena Williams (WTA-451) had one and three-quarter hours needed for a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 victory against Czech Kristyna Pliskova (WTA 70). In the second round, she takes it on against the Australian Ashleigh Barty (WTA-17), seventeenth seed on the gravel in the French capital. Who won in the first round with a 6-3 and 6-1, and the Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva (WTA-79). Serena Williams won the only previous duel with Barty. In 2014 switched the 22-year-old Australian in the first round of the Australian Open with 6-2 and 6-1.
Williams plays in Paris her first grand slam tournament since the birth of her daughter. The youngest Williams was there last year, not because of her pregnancy. Williams, a triple winner in Paris (2002, 2013 and 2015), took the last part to a grand slam tournament a year and a half ago in Melbourne. They already played two years on the gravel, since its lost in the final in Paris in 2016 against the Spanish Garbine Muguruza. This year was her return to the court is still not flawless. In Indian Wells and Miami, she won every single time, before eliminated to be. Since then, she played no games more.
Her new “catsuit” was on Twitter a lot of inspection, and the opinions are at best mildly divided: