Serena returns in France after two years maternity leave

She got off to a fine start too as she won the first set tie-break against Pliskova 7-6.Williams took the second 6-4 to secure her place in the second round.She will now face Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the next round.

The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major winner in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September.

 

She also made a fashion statement with her Nike cat suit which left many people’s tongues out, though she didn’t break the tennis dress code.

“I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda [referring to the Black Panther movie] maybe,” she said.

“It was comfortable to wear.”

 

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