Serena Williams Turns Things Around Against Ashleigh Barty

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But some players, like Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, would prefer to just talk about tennis.

"So that's why it makes it even more impressive when they make a comeback, and especially Serena after all she has done".

So she shouted. She shouted after winners. "I think people have to talk about it more because it's nearly like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy", she said. She shouted with so much passion that she invigorated her game, finding the power and sharpness that was missing in the first 35 minutes of the match.

Serena chose this option which showed off her tight abs with a studded navel for good measure. The American was playing a seeded player who was playing good tennis.

Clearly frustrated, the 23-time Grand Slam champion let out a huge roar as she hit a return victor early in Barty's next service game - desperately seeking something deep within to claw her way back into the contest. After all, in the past 20 years, Serena has only twice lost before the third round of a major.

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"This is just my third tournament back, and I have had a long break since my last one, so I'm probably not where I was before I left". We know Serena can do that. After opening her Roland Garros campaign on the 18, reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens said the new arena is "beautiful" and "super-intimate".

Soderling closed that game with a forehand victor and he served well in the following games, returning to stay in the set at 4-5. Serena had even come dressed for the job.

For today, at least, we got our answer.

It has been 35 years since a player from the host nation lifted the men's trophy in Paris.

Serving for the set in game 10, Soderling hit two winners and he closed it with a forced error from Nadal, taking two sets to one lead after two and a half hours of high-quality tennis. The 2018 French Open is merely the first part of the final chapter of the most dominant career women's tennis has ever seen.

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It won't be remotely surprising if Serena falls in the third round or can't get past a blockbuster fourth-round match against either No. 4 Karolina Pliskova or Maria Sharapova.

But holding up the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen next week wouldn't be a stunner either.

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

In every category, Williams' achievements dwarf her opponent's, bar one - Pliskova holds the WTA record for aces in a single match: 31 at the 2016 Australian Open. Or maybe the draw could be busted wide open like last year, when an unheralded 19-year-old named Jelena Ostapenko hung on to win the title.

"Instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy", she said.

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