Serena shows plenty of fight to subdue Barty

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Williams said. "This is me, and this is my weapon and machine".

Williams, who returned to action on Sunday for the first time since giving birth to her daughter in September, also believes it sends a message of strength to women around the world.

"This is my first Grand Slam back and I want to the best that I can".

But right now her priority is reclaiming her number one spot, after she dropped to 453 in the world rankings following her absence from tennis to give birth.

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 previous year thanking her for her support over the issue.

Exhorting herself and celebrating key moments along the path back, Williams grabbed four consecutive games over a span of less than 15 minutes to lead 4-1 in the second set, which soon enough would be hers.

While Williams loves the bond breastfeeding allowed her to share with Olympia, she said she also missed certain things: "The truth is I miss my body, being able to do other kinds of incredible things".

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

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"You want to play the big names and you want to test yourself against the best, and I think any opportunity you can do that is good", she said.

She easily sailed through the first round of the French Open, where she beat her opponent Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets whilst wearing a unique Nike catsuit highlighting her formidable form.

"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".

She will now face Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the next round.

Laughing as she made reference to the fictional nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to superhero Black Panther from Marvel Comics, Williams told reporters: "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess, a queen from Wakanda maybe". They have played only twice, but not since 2011; Williams won both matches.

Tuesday's match was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in 16 months. Then I spend all this time with Olympia.

"I feel like I wasn't really doing too much wrong", Barty said.

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