Serena Williams’ Nike Bodysuit Was the Real Winner at the French Open

Serena Williams’ Nike Bodysuit Was the Real Winner at the French Open

As well as the height difference, it was Serena's black catsuit which caught the eye after she debuted it in her opening 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 singles win over Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday.

Williams had arrived at Roland Garros with just 4 matches under her belt in 2018.

She then paused for a second then added with a slightly lower voice and a hint of a smile: "I think deep down we all know the answer to that".

"Are you here to compete, or are you here because you feel you can win the tournament?" a journalist asked her after her straight-sets victory over Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday.

"I remember one day, I couldn't find Olympia's bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be flawless for her". So there is definitely a little functionality to it. The 36-year-old has banked over $84 million in career earnings, has an extraordinary overall winning ratio of 85.6%, and is a 23-time Grand Slam champion. "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I'm able to play without any problems".

Williams teammed with sister Venus for a 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Karto, while Barty - a finalist with Casey Dellacqua past year - and American Coco Vandeweghe suffered a disappointing 2-6 6-4 6-4 loss to Croatians Donna Vekic and Darija Jurak.

After the match, Williams revealed that she felt like a "warrior princess" in the suit - but pointed out there was a deeper meaning behind the Nike outfit.

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"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site". I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I'm happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like...

Queensland's Barty and grand slam titan Williams, contesting her first tournament since childbirth previous year, will square off for a place in the third round.

"And I think just what an opportunity".

"Two years has been a really long time", she told the crowd in French, referring to her last match on clay. "If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now", she quips.

In September 2017, Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexia Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian. "I really try to put her first in my life". She could be considered the most unlucky of seeds in a Grand Slam, for there can never have been a more unsafe floater in the draw.

Serena next faces No. 17 Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, in the second round at Roland Garros.

'I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of incredible women and kids.

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