Serena Williams plays in catsuit to honor pregnant mothers

Serena Williams plays in catsuit to honor pregnant mothers

Serena Williams' triumphant return to Grand Slam action caused quite a stir on Tuesday, with her outfit - as well her performance - catching the eye.

The most celebrated player in women's tennis history was making her first appearance at a major since beating older sister Venus in last year's Australian Open final to snare an open-era record 23rd grand slam singles crown.

About nine months since giving birth, she hit the court to take on Kristyna Pliskova, who's from the Czech Republic and is now ranked 70th (Williams, formerly No. 1, entered the French Open unseeded and is ranked 453rd in the world).

"The biggest difference is definitely I'm semi on time today", she continued. She's so young, I don't really bring her.

Williams, 36, said that after delivering a child: "First and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby. Serena can achieve anything - after being her coach for six years, I'm even more sure of that statement".

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"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career", said Williams, who appeared to symbolise her life as a "Super-mom" in the skin-tight, black catsuit she chose to wear for Tuesday's match.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first-set tiebreaker, Williams won seven of the next eight points to capture the set.

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Williams lost her No.1 ranking due to her inactivity and is unseeded for the tournament.

Next up for the three-times champion is Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Both the Czech world number 70 and Williams avoided errors early on and it seemed inevitable that the set would be decided on a tie-break.

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Sharapova, the 28th seed, will face Croatia's Donna Vekic in the second round.

"I am just so happy to have won a match here. thank you all". She watches every single tennis match she possibly can, scheduling her limited vacation times around tournaments just to be able to watch every match.

"She's a genuine champion".

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