Serena Williams beats Kristyna Pliskova in triumphant return to French Open

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Serena Williams admitted her eye-catching, figure-hugging black catsuit she sported on her Roland Garros return on Tuesday, May 29, was inspired by the smash hit "Black Panther" movie but was also meant to help women with post-natal complications.

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic at the 2018 French Open on May 29, 2018 in Paris.

But her attire was the main focus at Roland Garros as Williams took to the court in an all-black Nike "catsuit". But having been bedridden for six weeks after suffering a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, Williams is only too aware of what she had to overcome to get herself ready for Paris.

"I call it my Wakanda-inspired catsuit", she said. "It's really fun", she said, referencing the fictional nation at the centre of the Black Panther blockbuster movie.

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

"I had a lot of problems with those - I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months", she said. In 2016, Nadal withdrew with an injured left wrist after a pair of easy victories, then claimed every set he played a year ago en route to the trophy. Barty obviously has the ability to beat anybody when she's feeling good, but her form this season has been hit or miss, and she can struggle big time with her serve when her confidence is low.

"I did everything possible with my team to get us in a position to be able to play today". "I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful". I always wanted to be a super hero, and it's kind of my way of being a super hero.

"She's continuing her awesome rise since she came back and been so focused on tennis".

"It just kind of expands that, and I really, really embrace it".

Williams hopes to empower women to express their creativity and individuality through her new fashion collection.

"Next up for Serena is 17th seed Ashleigh Barty".

"I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of wonderful women and kids". I trained hard. I'm just happy to have a won match here. Then I spend all this time with Olympia. Her 7-6, (7/4), 6-4 win wasn't flashy or hard-fought, it was effective. "But she's my priority, and I work everything around her".

She had deliberately held back from a return, skipping Rome and Madrid, in order to make sure she was ready to compete on what is her least natural surface, training at the academy belonging to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

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