Congrats, Mom: Serena Williams Wins Grand Slam Return in Paris

Paris: For all that has changed in the 16 months since Serena Williams last played in a Grand Slam tournament - she is now married and a mother - so much was familiar about her at the French Open on Tuesday.

Competing in her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, and in one of few tournaments since delivering her daughter last September, Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in her first-round match at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

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

In her on-court interview after the win, Williams explained the look: "All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in the middle of everything".

Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles. "It's been two years since I played on clay. And I just take it a day at a time".

- Williams removes her jacket to reveal a black, body-hugging catsuit offset by a pinkish-red waistband.

Nadal hasn't ceded a set at the French Open since 2015, when he was beaten in the quarterfinals by Novak Djokovic. "What she's done to be able to get back, along with Vika (Azarenka) as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy, is a pretty wonderful thing".

- Williams breaks back for 1-2 and they are back on serve.

Duckworth, who missed the French Open a year ago because of foot surgery, has never won a match at the clay-court event in four appearances. "Yeah, so I think there are definitely some differences, but there is a lot of similarities, as well".

Dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt, Serena captivated the French crowd from the start of the contest to its 7-6 (4) 6-4 conclusion. But already, after one match, she looked a lot more like the Serena of old.

She admitted the suit also had some functionality to it, after she suffered through blood clots after Olympia's birth.

Williams, unseeded in the draw, takes on No. 17-seeded Ashleigh Barty in the second round. I know that the WTA are going through all the right processes.

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