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Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis earlier this year after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia.

"In the first set she gave me a hell of a lot of cheapies, a lot of errors", said the 25-year-old Australian who had secured her highest ever seeding at a major in Paris.

But just as the half-full crowd, enjoying the late evening sunshine on Court Philippe Chatrier anticipated a quick kill, Williams came storming back, reeling off four straight games for 4-1. "I've got to just try harder and Serena came out".

"One minute, everything's going according to plan, and then I'm being wheeled off for surgery", she told the publication. "I didn't want to go out like this. It's such a great feeling".

By the time the second set was merely one game old, she had been broken twice in the match, each time at love, a rather surprising development for the owner of one of her sport's most risky serves. "Love you all", she wrote. Might have startled Barty, too. "No matter what, that's my priority", Williams said after her 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Pliskova.

To make matters worse, Serena then developed blood clots in her lungs, causing her to cough, which ruptured her cesarean scar.

She explained: "For so many years, I defined myself in just one way: by success, by championships, by making history". In the stands, Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, shook his fist.

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But as the match wore on, and rust fell from the American's game, she single-mindedly imposed her will.

Laughing as she made reference to the fictional nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to superhero Black Panther from Marvel Comics, Williams told reporters: "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess, a queen from Wakanda maybe".

A fifth ace of the contest won her the set.

Next for Williams is a third-round match against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany.

Serena Williams has stepped out in a skin-tight outfit at the French Open. Williams beat Kristýna Plíšková in the Round of 128 on Tuesday.

While motherhood has clearly been a lovely experience for tennis G.O.A.T. Serena Williams her journey was not without challenges - many of which moms everywhere can relate to. And even if it's not quite enough to win this tournament, she will nearly certainly be one of the favorites at Wimbledon.

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