Serena Williams sends big warning to rivals

Serena Williams sends big warning to rivals

A set and a break down, it looked like Williams' comeback slam following her maternity break would end in defeat by the 17th seeded Australian.

Williams is playing in her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open, which, she later revealed she won while she was eight weeks pregnant. "It's because I want to get home to see Olympia, because I have been here all day". Williams, the 23-time major champion, gave birth to a daughter in September and saw her rankings tumble while she was out.

Speaking of her decision behind the daring fashion choice, Serena explained in an interview with the Tennis Channel, "It represents all the mums out there who had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce in the middle of everything". The opening set went with serve and eventually to a tie-break in which Williams bounced back from 3-0 down to clinch it.

Serena did not allow her opponent anymore leeway as she took control with a 4-1 lead and eventually won the set 6-3 with a trademark ace.

Karolina Pliskova is coming off a three sets win over Lucie Šafářová that took 26 games to decide.

Sloane Stephens, the 10th seed, also is through to the fourth round for a fifth time in her seven visits to Roland Garros after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 4-6, 6-1, 8-6.

I feel like it's all going to work out.

"It's not easy to come back with everything I have been through and there has been so many other women that have been through the same thing, and we just don't talk about it".

A fired-up Sharapova powered 18 winners past her fellow former world number one Pliskova, with the Czech never threatening any resistance in a match which lasted just 59 minutes.

I'm not putting any pressure on myself as I normally do The contest between the two big servers - who fired down 28 aces between them - was a tight affair.

The two-time grand slam victor conceded she did not play her best, but says her focus is purely on racking up wins.

"We designed it way before the movie", she said, "but still, it kind of reminds me of that".

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