Williams admitted her eye-catching, figure-hugging black catsuit was inspired by the smash hit Black Panther movie but was also meant to help women with post-natal complications.
While dresses or skirts are generally the go-to look for female tennis players, some users have noted that Williams is not the first to break the norm - American Anne White donned a white bodysuit at Wimbledon in 1985; Williams herself at least practiced in one in 2011. "I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going".
Sharapova was not given a wildcard by organisers for the tournament a year ago, which took place shortly after her return from a 15-month doping suspension.
Just eight months after she "almost died" giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, the American was back to one of her favourite hunting grounds and swinging her racket at the French Open - albeit as a multi-tasking mother.
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Queensland's Barty and grand slam titan Williams, contesting her first tournament since childbirth previous year, will square off for a place in the third round. It just kind of expands that, and I really, really embrace it'.
Serena was asked in her press conference is she thinks her opponents will be underestimating her during this comeback.
It was a tight contest between the two big servers with the 23-time major victor bouncing back from 3-0 down in the tie-break to take the first set. She entered two tournaments in singles the next month, going 2-2.
"I'm always living in a fantasy world".
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He wrote, "I grew up watching tennis with my Mom's best friend and why I consider you my all time favorite athlete". So I plan my day, like, training is X of time. So the suit has definitely a little functionality to it. "I have been putting a lot of work in on the court, off the court, on the court, on the court, off the court - that's kind of been my life". "Well, first and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby", said the 36-year-old, who is bidding to win a 24th major trophy to draw level with Margaret Court's all-time record.
Barty was the first to reach the second phase, showing no sign of back soreness in demolishing Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-3 6-1.
Next up for the three-times champion is Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty. The big serves that provided 13 aces.
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. One is that the tightness of the trousers helps her blood circulation. The World No. 1 had been two sets up but 0-3 down in the third when rain caused the tie to be suspended late Monday.
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