Serena Williams reveals battle with post-natal depression

Serena Williams reveals battle with post-natal depression

"Well, she's playing unbelievable, and she's had such an fantastic year last year and this year, as well", Williams said.

For the first half-hour in the French Open's second round Wednesday (Thursday NZ time), the 23-time grand slam champion generally played the way you would expect from someone competing at her first grand slam tournament in 16 months - and first since she gave birth to a daughter last September.

The match between tennis' two comeback queens turned the instant Williams released a primal roar after blasting a backhand return victor after being broken in the opening game of the second set.

Officially ranked 451, and chasing a record-equalling 24th singles major, Williams was predictably below her best against world No 70 Pliskova.

But the internet is filled with conspiracy theories that she was born a man - theories that Williams is well aware of, as she wrote an open letter to her mother past year thanking her for her support over the issue.

She was a break down again after dropping serve in the opening game of the second set.

While Williams loved the bond breastfeeding allowed her to share with Olympia, she said she also missed certain things. "But she's my priority, and I work everything around her".

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The 36-year-old American said the suit was inspired by the Black Panther movie blockbuster and made her feel like a "super hero".

"That's what Serena does to you", said Alicia Molik, the Australian Fed Cup captain, who was watching from Barty's player box.

After the win Williams said: "All the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and have to come back and try to be fierce, in the middle of everything".

"When push came to shove, the real Serena came out", Barty said after the the 23-times grand slam victor set up a third-round date with German 11th seed Julia Goerges.

"If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now", she said. I guess that's just who I am, ' she revealed.

Williams then trailed 0/3 before eventually taking the set when Pliskova, who had never won a match at the tournament in three previous visits, put a forehand wide.

In an Instagram post after her victory - her first match on clay since the 2016 French Open final - Williams wrote: "Catsuit anyone?" But the good news is I feel like I'm definitely going to get there.

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