I lost the first set and thought I must try harder, I must try harder and then Serena came out. Her baby was born on September 1, and Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion will run into 11th seed Julia Goerges next and it will be interesting to see what kind of plan the German will bring into action.
"It's not easy to come back with everything I have been through and there has been so many other women that have been through the same thing, and we just don't talk about it".
Serena was immediately given a tough-but not impossible-draw.
Coming into the tournament with not enough match play under her belt, Serena was playing against a Top-20 opponent who has been on the rise. Her serve held up, and she was able to outhit her opponent and win the match. But Barty was 18 then and still cutting her teeth on the circuit.
The great escape followed a similar fightback win from a set and a service break down in the first round against Sorana Cirstea and thrust Gavrilova into a showdown with Australian Open semi-finalist Elise Mertens on Saturday.
There's a practical reason for the full-length legs on the skintight outfit: The aim is to protect her because of past bouts with blood clots.
Williams played a bad game to hand over a break in the first game of the second set and she looked in big trouble at a set and a break down. In 2016, Nadal withdrew with an injured left wrist after a pair of easy victories, then claimed every set he played previous year en route to the trophy. Serena suddenly started playing unbeatable tennis.
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Sure looked that way for a bit more than a half-hour in the French Open's second round on Thursday, when she dealt with muscle soreness, a lack of verve and a bunch of mistakes.
Barty appeared to be careering towards a famous victory Friday morning (AEST) before letting slip a one-set advantage in the 3-6 6-3 6-4 second-round loss at Roland Garros.
The three-time French Open champion broke again early in the third set, and held on for the rest of the match.
Meanwhile, Serena made a decision to give a shout out to working mothers just like her. Williams was not as consistent as in the past, but that's somewhat to be expected. The big serves that provided 13 aces.
"But, obviously, deeper in the tournament you're both playing good tennis".
Serena Williams may have only welcomed her daughter Alexis Olympia nine months ago, but she's already planning baby number two! She needs to win five more matches, and it only gets more hard from here.
In the final game, Williams' right foot gave way as she sprinted toward the net and she landed on her backside.