Donning a black trousers suit and red belt, super Serena looked ready for action, though she didn't have things all her own way on her return to Philippe-Chatrier despite a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova.

Williams wore a black bodysuit with long leggings and a red waistband for her first-round French Open match at Court Philippe Chatrier.

WIlliams missed the subsequent three Grand Slams in 2017 due to her pregnancy, seeing her WTA ranking drop to 453rd in the world. "I don't know how many aces there were".

After a 90-minute rain interruption at 5-5 in the first set Muguruza, the 2016 victor, blew 2009 champion Kuznetsova away in the tie break and went on to win 7-6 (7-0) 6-2.

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Though she took short balls well and played with a fierce determination, it's clear Williams' body is simply not at the level as when she she left tennis triumphantly after winning the Australian Open to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.

Only later did Williams reveal that she was pregnant while playing in Australia.

Czech Krystina Pliskova was no match for Serena Williams. Although she rescued the game, Pliskova still faced the prospect of Williams serving for the match, an opening the latter eventually took-despite being taken to deuce four times-to progress to Round 2.

The Russian appeared to be cruising at 6-1 3-1 ahead but Holland's Richel Hogenkamp suddenly had her on the ropes, taking the second set and racing 3-0 ahead in the decider.

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Now ranked 43rd, the 32-year-old Kuznetsova was making her 16th consecutive appearance in the main draw in Paris, where she won the title in 2009. In the second set, the Chinese won just 10 points, and six came thanks to her opponent's unforced errors.

Williams has faced Pliskova's twin sister Karolina twice before and lost on their most recent meeting, in the semi-finals of the US Open back in 2016.

Her play today will of course make headlines, but so is her outfit.

There were 28 aces in total during the match, with 17 of those coming in the first set.

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Cilic, a runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year, led 6-3, 5-4 when their first-round match was stopped.


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