Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Serena fights back to down Barty in second round

Serena fights back to down Barty in second round

Williams lost her No.1 ranking due to her inactivity and is unseeded for the tournament.

But the match turned nearly from the instant Williams released a primal roar after blasting a backhand return victor after being broken in the opening game of the second set. "Love you all!", she posted. "The connection that it gives me to Olympia has been one of the most magical things I've ever experienced".

"It's not like she never won a Slam and then now she wants to come back because she has something to achieve from that perspective".

The dramatic release of frustration sparked an adrenaline surge that carried Williams all the way to her fighting comeback win. Her 13 aces and 29 winners weren't crushing, but they got the job done. "It's such a great feeling", she added. It helped that she showed her usual nerves of steel even at moments that could be potentially challenging. Serena's body was storing fat in order to produce milk for her daughter. Neither tried to force the pace of the match, the rallies were short - which would have suited Serena just fine - and the points ended quickly, as much through an error as a victor. The return game that produced three consecutive breaks of serve.

The second set was when we saw some real action that tested the mettle of the former world No 1.

The world No 6 beat the American back in 2016 at the US Open and admitted yesterday she would be giving Kristyna some hints ahead of their clash. But having been bedridden for six weeks after suffering a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, Williams is only too aware of what she had to overcome to get herself ready for Paris.

After playing so infrequently, it's as if Serena Williams is starting from scratch.

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Meanwhile, Serena made a decision to give a shout out to working mothers just like her.

Social media seemed to approve of Serena's look and her game.

She framed a smash and put a regulation drive volley into the net to drop serve, and yet within a game the whole tenor of the match had changed.

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As you can guess from her cricketing exploits, Barty is a natural ballplayer with wonderful hands.

"How are [sic] non of the french channels showing Serena play right now??" Now ranked in the 400s, Williams faced Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic and won, 7-6 (7), 6-4. It was not exactly the stuff of champions, but it definitely was champion stuff.

But the grand slam colossus drew on her unrivalled fighting qualities - and energy reserves many doubted she still possessed at nearly 37 and eight months into motherhood - to stave off Australia's 17th seed after one hour and 46 minutes.

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