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Williams also opened up on balancing her new role as a mother with that of the sporting star the world has watched for nearly two decades.
Williams had arrived at Roland Garros with just 4 matches under her belt in 2018. "In the beginning it was hard to learn her nap schedules... because I don't want her to ever feel like I'm not around".
"I would love to have five or six forehands again, a couple of those errors, and a couple more first serves. I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I'm happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like", she says.
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"She's the greatest female athlete of all time, probably, and she keeps on coming back and inspiring everyone". "Sorry, I'm one of those women".
Having been off the tour to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September, many in the sport wondered if Williams would still be a contender at the majors especially with her ranking at 451.
In the duo's only previous meeting, which happened at the 2014 Australian Open, Barty was beaten 6-2, 6-1. "Only a woman can be this strong'".
In September past year, her daughter Alexis had to be delivered by emergency C-section as she was in distress.
Russian doubles star Alla Kudryavtseva said she hoped Williams's revolutionary black outfit leads to a rethink over the playing regulations. "It's part of the pregnancy". "I take it one day at a time".
But Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Ohanian in mid-November following the birth of their daughter, said she is keen to have another child, and soon. Other than that, the new mom muses that she has "no dreams for her".
Serena Williams has caused a stir with her attire at the French Open. "Always try to be an addition to society, not a subtraction". She uses tennis as a platform to do good things and that's why she's back.