Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Serena's 'Wakanda-Inspired' Bodysuit About More Than Fashion

Serena's 'Wakanda-Inspired' Bodysuit About More Than Fashion

Williams is now cruising through the opening stages of the 2018 French Open and has attracted attention for her Black Panther style catsuit, an outfit that makes her feel "like a warrior princess" from Wakanda.

It was a far from easy first Grand Slam appearance back for the American, but she closed out a hard-fought win in two tight sets. I was different to Venus: "she was thin and tall and handsome, and I am strong and muscular - and lovely, but, you know, it was just totally different".

'She needs match play for sure but if she gets through the first three rounds and feels good physically and develops a little bit of confidence then she is probably the favorite, because she is Serena.

"I remember one day, I couldn't find Olympia's bottle and I got so upset I started crying because I wanted to be ideal for her". "I always wanted to be a super hero". 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". Pliskova had another crack at a break in Serena's next service game but was instead broken herself in game 5 to go down 7-6 3-2. "And she said let's do it like that then".

"I have been wearing trousers a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going".

"Two years has been a long time but I trained really hard on the clay". "Olympia was born and she had my arms, and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy".

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Serena Williams entered the French Open as an unseeded player and her ranking fell from Np.1 to No. 451 after she had her daughter. "I really try to put her first in my life".

"I think people have to talk about it more because it's nearly like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy".

"I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful".

'It was comfortable. I tried it on a couple of times before. The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was. The victory is her first Grand Slam match win since the 2017 Australian Open more than a year ago.

She saved three break points in an eight-minute-plus 10th game before taking victory, setting up a second-round clash with Australia's Ashleigh Barty. "Yeah, so I think there are definitely some differences, but there is a lot of similarities, as well". It was a solid performance from Barty, who came into this tournament dealing with a back issue that forced her to retire in the middle of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.

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