Serena Williams says black catsuit addresses post-natal problems

Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to register her first victory at the majors since her 2017 Australian Open triumph.

Williams just made her return to the sport nine months after the birth of her daughter.

But having revealed that she suffered from blood clotting, which required life-saving surgery after her daughter's birth, she says the suit should not be dismissed as just another fashion gimmick. It's really fun. Although we designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that.

"I feel like the second set we had a lot more rallies and we were getting in the rhythm a little bit more, and that kind of helped a little bit", the American said.

"But, overall, I was definitely happy with my performance and how I played today".

In his letter, Jarod shared that Denise is an absolute super-fan and had been going through tough times after losing her father to a heart attack and her sister to pneumonia. "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I'm able to play without any problems". "I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful".

"I don't want her to ever feel like I'm not around". The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was. "The draw is tricky but that can play a positive role for Serena because she can't necessarily just work her way into the tournament the way she could if she had an easy draw". Two years has been a really long time since my last match on clay but I feel good.

Williams faces 17th-seeded Ash Barty of Australia next.

She said from the start of her pregnancy she would be back on the court again - but not until she knew she could win.

The very first game featured an ace at 112 m.p.h., and when it ended with Pliskova netting a backhand, the chair umpire intoned, "Jeu, Madame Williams", - French for "Game, Mrs. Williams, " a change from the "mademoiselle" officials use for unmarried female players.

"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 awesome thing".

Serena, who looked stylish on the court in a black catsuit with a red band across her waist, received a sweet message from her husband, Alexis Ohanian, after her and Venus' big win. "My designs are inspired by strong, sexy, sophisticated, sassy, sure, smart, stylish, silly, and spontaneous women who are living their best lives, or making it up as they go-kinda like me". I think probably in certain ways, yes, and I agree with those arguments; and then also I agree with arguments where it's no. She dropped out of high school nearly 35 years ago to support her family and works 70+ hours a week, sacrificing her health and free time to support them...