Williams sisters win first Slam doubles match since '16

Serena Williams returns a shot during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris ahead of the French Open tennis tournament

Serena Williams returns a shot during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris ahead of the French Open tennis tournament

Williams, 36, had to fight for this one, particularly in the first set in which she lost the first three points of the tiebreaker.

She was drawn against Kristyna Pliskova in her first round match as tennis fans eagerly awaited her return to the court. Then I spend all this time with Olympia.

I'm not putting any pressure on myself as I normally do The contest between the two big servers - who fired down 28 aces between them - was a tight affair.

Serena Williams strode into the Phillipe Chartrier court on Tuesday in a body-hugging black body suit and she needed some Black Panther moves to battle past Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 6-4.

But in the end, it was her smart, sharp tennis that ensured that she made a victorious return. That broke a tie with Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era.

But there was also a more inspiring idea underpinning the suit. The next 2 games saw breaks of serve traded, resulting in Serena remaining ahead 4-3, as both players serves deserted them. Any progress is good progress for the former No. 1 player in the world.

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

The crucial moment came in the first-set tiebreak when, at 3-0 down, she rattled off six straight points before taking the advantage through a Pliskova miss. It was probably that moment when the nervous-looking twin of 6th seed Karolina made a decision to go for all-or-nothing. Serena steadied her serve to take a 5-3 lead and get towards what she hoped would be the end of the contest. So, on top of just looking downright badass, it turns out the catsuit helped optimize her performance given her medical condition. The ensuing melee saw Serena trip at the net and look sheepish as she dusted off the clay.




But as the match wore on, and rust fell from the American's game, she single-mindedly imposed her will.

80th win: Rafael Nadal celebrates victory over Italy's Simone Bolelli. That's what this represents.

She explained her outfit was a nod to all the mum's out there doing it tough.

No, nothing can beat the catsuit or Serena's impeccable style of play. She had almost as many unforced errors, 25, as winners, 29.

'I mean, throughout two weeks, you play against different opponents and different circumstances with weather, with a lot of waiting around like we did, you know, to sunshine.

And the frightening experience has just pushed her to become the best of the best. It was not exactly the stuff of champions, but it definitely was champion stuff. She's juggling her comeback to the tour at Roland Garros, her new life as a mother and wife, and now, a new online clothing store, Shop Serena.

The singles victor between Barty and Williams will play either German 12th seed Julia Goerges or Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck on Saturday for a place in the last 16.

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