Serena favourite if she survives three rounds - Courier

Serena favourite if she survives three rounds - Courier

Serena favourite if she survives three rounds - Courier

Serena Williams has caused a stir with her attire at the French Open.

The 36-year-old has banked over $US84 million in career earnings, has an extraordinary overall win percentage of 85.6%, and is a 23-time Grand Slam champion.

"Thank God I don't have to do that", Williams said after surviving a tough three-set second-round tussle against Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty on Thursday.

"I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit", she said in an on-court interview in reference to the fictional nation in the record-shattering Marvel flick.

Williams said the bodysuit made her feel like a "queen of Wakanda".

Williams took the second 6-4 to secure her place in the second round.

Barty did not give her esteemed opponent a look-in, Williams failing to find her range and going a set down when she failed to return a powerful serve.

She made no mistake either as Williams put a forehand long to allow Barty to break to love and move 4-2 in front.

Against Pliskova, Sharapova held an 18-5 edge in winners and broke the 2016 US Open runner-up in five of her seven service games. "She gets out of matches or wins matches she has no right to win".

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza got the better of Svetlana Kuznetsova in a first-round meeting of two former winners.

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

I lost the first set and thought I must try harder, I must try harder - and then Serena came out".

"When push came to shove, the real Serena came out".

"I'm definitely going to get there, but I also want to get beyond there".

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

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

These two played once, which was in the 2015 Davis Cup, a match Sharapova won in straight sets.

Williams also said that being a mom meant managing her time differently at major events such as Grand Slams.

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