Grand Slam fashion - six of the best...or worst

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

"It's a bit hard to avoid", Barty said after booking the second-round blockbuster with a thumping 6-3 6-1 victory over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Barty needed just 64 minutes to live up to her first-time seeding at Roland Garros, while also showing no signs of the back problem that had her in doubt for the clay-court major. "So it's a fun suit but it's also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems".

"And, yeah, today is one of those days where, regardless of the statistics, how I felt on court, it doesn't matter - we've got an opportunity to come out here a couple days time in round two". Serena Williams of the USA played her Tuesday May 29, 2018, first round French Open match against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in a all-black bodysuit.

Pliskova admitted she had nerves at the start of the match, which zigzagged along without any particular rhythm initially, with short points and a fair sprinkling of aces. I know that the WTA are going through all the right processes.

After the success of raising the volume, Williams continued to channel her loud energy into every point and the intensity became too much for the 17th seed. "Olympia was born and she had my arms, and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy".

After statistics that were so negatively lopsided in that initial set, in which she managed to produce only three winners, Williams straightened things out to the tune of 25 winners the rest of the way. Body-shamers need to take the hike because they are not bringing her down.

"She does everything great". I think it's a tough decision.

Barty is also embracing the chance to take on the living legend once again four years on. "She's my priority, and I work everything around her".

"And I think there are valid arguments both ways".

"She's a genuine champion. What she's done to be able to get back, along with Vika (Azarenka) as well, and a lot of the other girls who are coming back after pregnancy, is a pretty fantastic thing". The Romanian, runner-up in Paris in 2014 and 2017, has lost three major finals in total after her defeat by Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open earlier this year.

She regained composure to hold for a 5-3 lead and, after after missing a match point on Barty's serve, took her second with a thumping backhand victor down the line to the delight of the crowd. The men's tournament sees rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov play his first French Open main draw match against Australian John Millman, while third seed Marin Cilic faces world number 1,072 James Duckworth. But as Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets, fans were even more excited about what she was wearing.

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