"If I didn't miss it, I wouldn't be out here", Williams said.
"I feel like a warrior princess. I always wanted to be a super hero".
"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". "[The suit] definitely has little functionality to it". I'm not putting any pressure on myself as I normally do, " she said. "It's a fun suit, but it's also functional", she said. The only player with more major singles championships was Margaret Court, with 24, but those were split between the amateur and professional eras.
In case you still had any doubts about Serena Williams' GOAT status (but seriously, why would you?), the tennis champion is here to prove you wrong again. I had a baby but I am so happy to be back. That's hard. And just coming back from the physical part of having a baby, at my age, is never really easy.
"I love the challenge of being in a Grand Slam draw and figuring out a way to win", Sharapova said after a match that was pushed back from Monday due to thunderstorms. "I feel like a superhero when I wear it".
The three-time French Open champion came in unseeded despite being ranked No. 1 in the world when she took maternity leave previous year, later giving birth to her first child in September.
Serena has still much to do on her return to Roland Garros. Postpartum blood clots threatened Williams' health a year ago, and compression fabric is a wise idea for an athlete mindful of good circulation.
"There were a couple of rain delays so I wasn't able to [see her]. It's been a really long time but I trained really hard on the clay".
"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career".
Still, Williams, 36, struggled with movement throughout much of the match.
Then came singles matches that actually counted, with two wins at Indian Wells, California, before a loss to Venus, followed by a first-round loss at the Miami Open on March 21.
Serena Williams on her way to victory over Kristyna Pliskova. "A lot of people have really reached out, because they have so many similar stories, too. I feel like it's all going to work out".
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.