Grand Slam fashion - six of the best...or worst

Serena Williams returns a shot during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris ahead of the French Open tennis tournament

Neither player had been broken until that point with world No. 70 Pliskova refusing to be unnerved by her star opponent, firing down 10 aces in a tightly contested opener. She moved up to No. 451 with the win.

"I missed Roland Garros so much, I missed the battle", Williams, the 2002, 2013 and 2015 champion, said after playing her first clay court match since finishing runner-up to Garbine Muguruza in the 2016 final on the same Philippe Chatrier Court.

"If I wasn't playing tennis, I'd be pregnant right now - sorry, I'm one of those women", she said.

"She doesn't always succeed, sometimes she has to come back one, two, three times to get it, but at the end, she gets what she wants". So the suit has definitely a little functionality to it.

Williams told Harper's Bazaar that although she was now ready to have another child, she had gone through some tough times before returning to the court for the first time at the Fed Cup in North Carolina in February. She said, "Winning's always been the way I define myself and I want it to stay that way for a long time. It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I'm able to play without any problems".

The 23-time major victor won her first-round match against Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets to advance to the next stage - and she did it dressed in the most memorable tournament attire seen thus far at Roland Garros.

"It's hard to say where she is".

"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". They talk about the baby and how happy they are.

Queensland's Barty and grand slam titan Williams, contesting her first tournament since childbirth past year, will square off for a place in the third round.

"I couldn't play past year".

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

The 36-year-old Williams has been very open about becoming a parent, with HBO filming four-part documentary "Being Serena", while her daughter Olympia already has a growing social media following.

Taking to Twitter, the 23-time grand slam victor acknowledged the suit was, "For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy", adding, "If I can do it, so can you".

"I think we raised some real money", she laughed before making her way to the exit, stopping for selfies and to sign autographs for an appreciative French crowd.

Williams next will face Australian Ashleigh Barty, who is the 17th seed. "Yeah, so I think there are definitely some differences, but there is a lot of similarities, as well".

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