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I felt like 'Superhero' with catsuit, Serena says after victory

30 May, 2018, 06:55 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Open Womens Singles Semifinal match- Roland Garros- Serena Williams of the U.S. vs Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands

6-4 victory was her first Grand Slam victory since winning the 2017 Australian Open.

The 31-year-old, five-time major champion, took just 24 minutes to win the first set of a match which was delayed from Monday due to thunderstorms but threw away a 3-1 lead in the second.

During her first round match at Roland Garros in Paris on Tuesday - in which she beat Karolina Pliskova in two sets - the American tennis champ donned a stark, full-body catsuit, leading many social media users to suggest that the athletic marvel really belongs in a Marvel comic book. Williams, who gave birth to her first child back in September, is taking on No. 70 Kristyna Pliskova.

The first glimpse of Williams as she prepared for her comeback came in an exhibition in December against 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The 23-time grand slam victor revealed the outfit was as much about functionality as style.

Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation was pushed to three sets in her return to this event following a two-year absence.

"I really suffered today but it was a good test", said Nadal who had been in danger of dropping his first set at Roland Garros since his 2015 quarter-final loss to Novak Djokovic.

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"A lot of people have really reached out, because they have so many similar stories, too, " she said. "And I think, over time, whatever decision is made, I think the outcome will be right". "But it's a lot that goes into it with the pregnancy and with giving birth and it's called a miracle for a reason, because it's a miracle and it's very hard sometimes to make it through". Making her eighth main draw appearance at Roland Garros (and ninth appearance overall), after her maiden major quarter-final reached previous year, Garcia salvaged a slim chance of ascending to World No.1 this fortnight: she would need to win the title with Wozniacki not reaching R16, Halep losing before the semis and Muguruza going out before the final.

"So I feel like clay is my best surface and I did put a lot of pressure on myself and I didn't play great".

Williams husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who's known for his showing support in public ways, also shared some love for her catsuit by calling it a "superhero outfit".

It was by far the most significant event of Day 3 at Roland Garros, even though there were so many other Grand Slam champions in action. Rafael Nadal finished off a rain-interrupted victory as he begins his try for a record-extending 11th French Open title.

'So no one really knows about it, but now that we have that platform and now that we are talking about it, I am vocal about it.

'As for the cat suit, the new version, 2.0, it's cool, ' she smiled. "It definitely has little functionality to it". I think that's what this represents.


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