Serena Williams speaks out on deeper meaning behind French Open outfit

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"The Williams sisters are both very tall, with Serena listed as 5'9" and Venus is 6'1". "What she's done to be able to get back ... is a pretty unbelievable thing".

Pliskova, ranked 70 in the world, says she was nervous at the start of the match and credits her serve for keeping her in the contest.

"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 favourite, because she is Serena".

In addition to showing off her insanely fit physique, the full-length black bodysuit is created to help protect against blood cots and serve up (no pun intended) serious superhero vibes. "Hopefully the results continue to show".

- A 20-year-old Serena Williams takes to the court in a striking thigh-length black lycra cat suit which kept the headline writers busy.

- Serena made the quarter-finals in 2004 but if her tennis failed to shine by her standards, she was again making a splash in fashion.

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A CT scan revealed several small clots had indeed settled in her lungs, and doctors administered blood-thinning medication.

"I don't even know what material it is, it looks like neoprene".

"I'm concerned how that's going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site".

Also, the suit makes her feel like a superhero.

"I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe", Williams said, referring to the fictional land in which recent film "Black Panther" is set.

The 23-time grand slam victor revealed the outfit was as much about functionality as style.

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Pliskova had an early break in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead but Williams broke straight back. She won match point after Pliskova hit the top of the net on a return.

"So no one really knows about it, but now that we have that platform and now that we are talking about it, I am vocal about it".

Having been off the tour to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September, many in the sport wondered if she would still be a contender at the majors especially with her ranking at 451. It marked the Williams sisters first Grand Slam match together since winning Wimbledon in 2016.

So how much more hard is it for a mother than a father to play top level tennis? "But it's a lot that goes into it with the pregnancy and with giving birth, and it's called a "miracle" for a reason". Serena has won 12 of her last 13 matches on clay court.

Williams conceded she was unable to fully gauge her level in her first major championship outing in 16 months against the big-serving Czech, such was the soaring ace tally and lack of extended rallies in their first-round tussle.

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