I felt like superhero - Serena Williams

Serena Williams

GETTYSerena Williams will be back in Grand Slam action for the first time in more than a year

For all that has changed in the 16 months since Serena Williams last played in a grand slam tournament - she is now married and a mother - so much was familiar about her at the French Open.

Serena Williams will be favourite for a fourth French Open title if she survives into the second week, former men's champion Jim Courier believes.

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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.

Barty took the first set 6-3 with typically combative, speedy play and Williams had it all to do to turn the match around.

Sharapova, who made a comeback to the French Open for the first time since 2015, after serving a doping ban in 2016 and refused a wildcard entry in 2017, comfortably saw off Croatia's Donna Vekic, 7-5, 6-4. "And then if I need to train again, I have X time in training because of her nap schedules".

"She will wear this outfit for her second match", said a spokeswoman for manufacturer Nike on Thursday.

Barty was peppered by brutal groundstrokes and could not find a way back, Williams letting out another scream of delight after holding to love to go through. Now it will be Görges's turn to see if she can capitalize on Williams's continuing search for top form.

She added: "I'm always living in a fantasy world".

"I lost the first set and I thought you know I've got to try harder".

Karolina Pliskova is coming off a three sets win over Lucie Šafářová that took 26 games to decide. "And one of her best assets is that when her back is against the wall, the best comes out".

'When you realize you have to fly back to SF for @initialized business tomorrow and you will miss watching @serenawilliams and @venuswilliams win their 1st doubles match of #RG18.

This match could be exactly what Serena Williams needed.

Social media seemed to approve of Serena's look and her game. "It was something I was born with, thank goodness", Serena said. "I want to play my game, regardless of who is on the other side".

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