Serena Williams Turns Things Around Against Ashleigh Barty

Serena Williams Turns Things Around Against Ashleigh Barty

Serena Williams Turns Things Around Against Ashleigh Barty

Serena Williams won the Australian Open previous year in the early stages of pregnancy, and now following a traumatic pregnancy and the birth of baby Alexis Olympia, she's back in the game.

Considering the last time she was in a Grand Slam arena she walked off as the champion, albeit while pregnant at the 2017 Australian Open, her hunger for success can not be questioned.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova saw her dreams of victory in Paris ended by a fantastic display by Anett Kontaveit.

'I think any time you play against Serena you know what you're up against, ' the 28th seed said.

The Spanish tennis maestro, who is bidding to clinch his 11th French Open trophy, will match Margaret Court's all-time record for most singles titles at the same Grand Slam event if he lifts the title again.

The 36-year-old American dominated the headlines at Roland Garros on Tuesday when she made her return to Grand Slam tennis after giving birth to her daughter last year. "It's because I want to get home to see Olympia, because I have been here all day".

Williams faces her next opponent, the 11th-seeded Julia Görges from Germany, tomorrow in the round of 32. If she gets past that challenge, she could face old rival Maria Sharapova for a place in the quarter finals.

And what a striking return it was, right down to the outfit - which called to mind the "catsuit" Williams wore at the 2002 US Open - and was paired with black high-top sneakers sprinkled with silver glitter.

"I thought there would be a lot of reactions over the outfit", she said.

She added: "I'm always living in a fantasy world".

Tennis star Serena Williams has declared that she is an honorary Armenian as she is married to Alexis Ohanian, an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Reddit, who is of Armenian origin. "You know, all I want is to go out there, compete, and win", she said. Barty broke Williams to love to take a 4-2 lead in the first set and then clinched it in 29 minutes.

"It's not easy to come back with everything I have been through and there has been so many other women that have been through the same thing, and we just don't talk about it".

A break in the third game of the decider proved crucial and Williams claimed victory on a second match point with a sweeping, running forehand.

A fifth ace of the contest won her the set.

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