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Serena Williams considers the black bodysuit she wore at the French Open much more than a fashion statement. Williams broke in the seventh and held in the eighth to set a 5-3 lead, which she converted on serve to win the second set 6-4.

She has wore similar items before but given she only gave birth eight months ago, her attire got tongues wagging. "It just kind of expands that, and I really, really embrace it".

"So it is definitely a little functionality to it". She lost in the third round at Indian Wells in March and in the first round at the Miami Open later that month. She said on Tuesday that she's been mostly competing in trousers to ensure proper blood circulation, and that the much talked-about catsuit she's wearing in Paris has compression purposes as well - "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems".

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.

She also needed surgery to have a filter inserted into a major vein, preventing new clots from migrating to her lungs.

"Two years has been a really long time", she told the crowd in French, referring to her last match on clay.

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, thanking her for her support over the issue, last year.

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"And I think just what an opportunity".

The 36-year-old American had not played in one of tennis's biggest tournaments since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam title, breaking a tie with Steffi Graf for the most in the professional era. "But I think money goes to charity, so donate!" "We designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that".

'It was comfortable. I tried it on a couple of times before.

"I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful". She could be considered the most unlucky of seeds in a Grand Slam, for there can never have been a more risky floater in the draw.

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

Williams will play her second-round match against 17th-ranked Ashleigh Barty, who is very impressed by her opponent's comeback: "What Serena's done to be able to get back, along with Azarenka as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy, is a pretty incredible thing".

'I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of fantastic women and kids.