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French Open Serena Williams Set For Grand Slam Return At Roland Garros

Serena Williams will make her eagerly-awaited return to Grand Slam tennis on Tuesday

Williams dispatched rival Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Roland Garros. And with Nike, obviously there are so many things I can't do...

"I'm not putting any pressure on myself as I normally do".

"And, yeah, today is one of those days where, regardless of the statistics, how I felt on court, it doesn't matter - we've got an opportunity to come out here a couple days time in round two".

Stosur overcame a two-hour rain delay and some big hitting from former US Open semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer to see off the Belgian 6-2 6-4 in a strong start to her 14th Roland Garros campaign.

"Just literally not sure if I was going to make it or not at several different times", Williams said.

"But she's ny priority, and I work everything around her".

In contrast, the service game of both players dipped markedly in the second set, with points won on the first serve falling by an average of 27%. Williams, 36, is playing in the tournament unseeded, due to her ranking of 453 before the tournament. "I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful", Williams said. I think probably in certain ways, yes, and I agree with those arguments; and then also I agree with arguments where it's no.

On Tuesday, at least, it appeared she'd successfully reached her goal.

Serena Williams is back with a vengeance.

"I can't answer that. It would be nice", said Serena.

"She does everything great". Her 13 aces and 29 winners weren't crushing, but they got the job done. Especially in the tiebreak for example, in the key moments she was able to lift her level, and this is really Serena. "I feel good and just so happy to be back here".

The first match of her comeback was in doubles alongside her older sister, Venus Williams, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. But she will be ready to fight for it. Two years has been a long time but I trained really hard on the clay.

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"That was completely the plan", said Mouratoglou.

"She's a genuine champion", Barty said.

However, 70th-ranked Pliskova questioned the legality of the outfit when she talked with Czech media.

Several ATP players practice at the Mouratoglou Academy and the likes of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic got to have sessions with Serena.

"I couldn't play past year". It was a lot of fun.

"I missed Roland Garros so much, I missed the battle". It's fun and it's useful for them too. Those rules also apply to players returning from injury.

When Serena posted a picture on Snapchat revealing a pregnancy bump with the caption "20 weeks" (and then swiftly deleted it), many were left in shock. But on her return to Grand Slam tennis, Serena showed that she is back and she belongs.

Physically, Serena has gone through a lot since the birth of Olympia last September.

Sharapova was unsurprised by her ability to turn a unsafe looking scoreline around, insisting she's been doing it throughout her career.

"And it has been in a way tougher than what she expected". She was off the pace, carrying considerably less sting in her shots and serve. "After everything I went through to, to be able to come back and just step on court-winning is even more of a bonus". She's 90-92 in her career when dropping the first set. "I really try to put her first in my life".

Williams' next assignment is a meeting with Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty, who eased past Natalia Vikhlyantseva in straight sets.

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