It's a Winning Return for Serena Williams at the French Open

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Two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza is back to her winning ways in Paris after beating 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (0), 6-2 to reach the second round.

Williams edged 70th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Roland Garros on Tuesday (local time) and will now face Australian Ashleigh Barty in the second round.

"I call it like my Wakanda-inspired cat suit. It's really fun", the American laughed, referencing the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation which is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics.

Williams was taken to a tie-break in the opening set by the big-serving Pliskova, with the scoreline eventually 7-4 in her favour.

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Ohanian continued, "I'm grateful for all the people around the world who adore my wife; the world". "I have been putting a lot of work in on the court, off the court, on the court, on the court, off the court - that's kind of been my life". "I feel like a lot of people don't talk about it". Many fans are watching to see if the former world No. 1 can reclaim her former glory. "It definitely has little functionality to it".

"I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months". The Australian would be forgiven for cursing her luck to have landed the most unsafe of floaters - with or without super powers.

Winning 64 percent of the points available off her first serve proved the ideal platform for Williams to take the set, per the tournament's official website. It wasn't easy but I have been training really hard. She entered two tournaments in singles the next month, going 2-2. Her baby was born September 1; Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.

"There were a couple of rain delays so I wasn't able to [see her]".

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Williams also opened up on balancing her new role as a mother with that of the sporting star the world has watched for nearly two decades.

"But I think I'm in a very different place". "I'm just taking it a day at a time".

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov's first Grand Slam match as a seeded player went about as smoothly as could be.

"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career". Then I spend all this time with Olympia.

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