Serena Williams Wins First Grand Slam Match Since Giving Birth

Kim Clijsters victorious holds the US Open trophy with daughter Jada Ellie. The Belgian would win three titles after becoming a mother

Speaking to a reporter from the Associated Press at the French Open, the star said the rumours were "not even remotely true", and added that she doesn't "even drink beer".

Williams, the victor of an Open era record 23 Grand Slam titles, had arrived at Roland Garros with just four matches under her belt in 2018.

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.

She is. And more accurately, "The Mother is Back".

Arriving on Philippe Chatrier Court in a black catsuit, offset with a pinkish-red waistband, Williams saved a break point in the 12th game to send the opener into a tiebreak.

"I did everything possible with my team to get us in a position to be able to play today".

There is also a symbolism about it, too.

"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".

'I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of awesome women and kids. "It's because I want to get home to see [daughter] Olympia, because I have been here all day".

The design was inspired by a character in the Black Panther movie. I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going.

"I'm always living in a fantasy world". She gave birth to her daughter in September, got married, faced a life-threatening post-natal condition, made a HBO documentary series, and slipped to two early losses in the only two events she played.

Williams and Barty have played only once previously, with the American posting an easy win at the 2014 Australian Open.

"But I think I'm in a very different place. I feel like it's all going to work out".

"And I think just what an opportunity".

"She's a genuine champion". As you can guess it has been an terrible Christmas season for her.

The tennis ace praised her friend Meghan Markle for incorporating elements of African American culture into the ceremony, and in particular the lively sermon by US Episcopalian Bishop Michael Curry. But on her return to Grand Slam tennis, Serena showed that she is back and she belongs. I'm definitely here to compete and do the best that I can do.

"She does everything great".

But the tennis champion pointed to the unfortunate timing of the advert, stating: "It's kind of interesting how it all tied into the wedding and, you know, then I felt a little awkward! It's a bit hard to avoid", Barty said after booking the second-round blockbuster with a thumping 6-3 6-1 victory over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

The match was Williams' first at a major since snaring her open-era record 23rd grand slam singles crown with victory over older sister Venus in last year's Australian Open final.