Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Serena Williams makes winning return to Grand Slam action at Roland Garros

Serena Williams makes winning return to Grand Slam action at Roland Garros

Serena Williams made her long-awaited return to Grand Slam tennis on Tuesday when she defeated world number 70 Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6, (7/4), 6-4 in the first round of Roland Garros.

- Despite a nasty fall at the net which left her with an embarrassed smile, Serena saves three break points and claims victory on her second match point.

Williams hasn't played in a while, so her world ranking has dropped a lot.

"But we talk always maybe about some players like I didn't know Barbora much".

- Serena carves out first and only break point of the set but can not convert, sending the opener into a tiebreak.

Only later did Williams reveal that she was pregnant while playing in Australia. Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova in two sets to advance to the next round.

This time there was a little rust to shake off - she only gave birth in September - and she didn't quite move as when at her best. Despite five fewer winners, 29 to 34, Serena committed 25 unforced errors to 34 and completed the match winning 80% of her first serve points. She hit 13 aces.

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The Russian appeared to be cruising at 6-1 3-1 ahead but Holland's Richel Hogenkamp suddenly had her on the ropes, taking the second set and racing 3-0 ahead in the decider.

Duckworth, who missed the French Open a year ago because of foot surgery, has never won a match at the clay-court event in four appearances.

After beating Williams in the 2016 final, Muguruza's title defense was ended in the fourth round a year ago.

Now ranked 43rd, the 32-year-old Kuznetsova was making her 16th consecutive appearance in the main draw in Paris, where she won the title in 2009.

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov's first Grand Slam match as a seeded player went about as smoothly as could be - a straight-set victory at the French Open.

'I'm very happy, ' said Williams.

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