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Ashleigh Barty's bold bid to out-boss Serena Williams in showstopper

31 May 2018, 05:23 | Susie Olson

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Serena Williams returns a shot during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris ahead of the French Open tennis tournament

"I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe", she said smiling, following her opening round victory over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open on Tuesday.

The catsuit worn by Serena Williams for her French Open first-round match will help prevent blood clots from forming, according to the former world number one.

The 36-year-old downed 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. "I take it one day at a time".

But fans and pundits on Twitter were struck by her all-black skin-tight jump suit with a red waistband sash, and Williams was more than happy to discuss the decision afterwards. "She's so young, I don't really bring her".

'I love the challenge of being in a Grand Slam draw and figuring out a way to win, ' she said after her narrow win on Suzanne-Lenglen. But two years ago, I met this man, nearly out of nowhere. Barty obviously has the ability to beat anybody when she's feeling good, but her form this season has been hit or miss, and she can struggle big time with her serve when her confidence is low. "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I'm able to play without any problems".

"A lot of people have really reached out, because they have so many similar stories, too", she said. "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". "It makes me laugh that many parents only talk about the handsome, but it's also hard and there are sacrifices".

"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career". "I don't know how many aces there were".

Serena Williams will continue to wear her striking, all-black catsuit in her French Open second round clash on Thursday despite questions raised over whether or not it breaks the rules over appropriate on-court playing gear.

Whatever happens over the next two weeks, Williams insists her family priorities have eased the expectations on her as a player. Her baby was born on September 1, and Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.

Williams elaborated on her comments in another interview, adding that she hoped her on-court appearance would inspire "a whole different group of fantastic women".

Her comeback has been stop-start so far, and she dedicated her win on Tuesday to "all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy".

Williams faces 17th-seeded Ash Barty of Australia next. This was first match on the terre battue since losing the 2016 French open final to the then first-time champion Garbine Muguruza.

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