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Serena Williams and the mother of all comebacks

31 May 2018

"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career", said Williams, who appeared to symbolise her life as a "Super-mom" in the skin-tight, black catsuit she chose to wear for Tuesday's match.

"As soon as I got off the court, I'm walking past and it's on the big screen. It's a bit hard to avoid", Barty said after booking the second-round blockbuster with a thumping 6-3 6-1 victory over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Continuing his comeback from foot surgery, Duckworth put up a fight against third seed Marin Cilic on centre court before bowing out 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-4) to the 2018 Australian Open finalist and 2017 Wimbledon runner-up.

"I did everything possible with my team to get us in a position to be able to play today. And I just take it a day at a time". I miss playing tennis.

A three-time champion at Roland Garros, Williams, 36, had not played a competitive match on clay this season ahead of her first-round match against Pliskova, who had 15 aces. Taylor Townsend's match against Myrtille Georges was just starting as Williams' was ending, and Alison Riske is set to face Simona Halep later in the day. I know that the WTA are going through all the right processes.

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However, her game failed to match her impressive outfit in the first set where she was broken in the sixth game by the Australian.

Next up for Williams is Australia's 17th seed Ashleigh Barty.

Her display brought plenty of praise from fellow players, with Djokovic adding his voice to them following a hard-fought 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 win over Jaume Munar.

The accomplished athlete is loving being a working mom but admits that if she wasn't back in the game, she'd probably be making more babies.

"I can't believe how much went wrong on my way to meeting her".

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"She does everything great. I'll be excited to go out and see what I can do".

Barty is also embracing the chance to take on the living legend once again four years on. "I was different to Venus: she was thin and tall and attractive, and I am strong and muscular - and lovely, but, you know, it was just totally different".

"And I think there are valid arguments both ways". I think Serena is also in a very different place and just what an opportunity.

"She's a genuine champion". I nearly died. But now, she's the reason why this all means even more than it did before. The Romanian, runner-up in Paris in 2014 and 2017, has lost three major finals in total after her defeat by Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open earlier this year.

But down 3-0 in the first-set tiebreaker, Williams placed an ace on the T and gathered steam as she reeled off six of the next seven points.

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The new court 18 introduced at Roland Garros this year is getting praised by players at the French Open.

Serena Williams and the mother of all comebacks