Serena Williams kthehet me fitore në Grand Slam

Serena Williams e ka nisur me fitore aventurën e saj në grand slemin e Roland Garros, duke mundur 2-0 polaken Krystina Pliskova (7-6, 6-4). Kjo ishte ndeshja e parë e tenistes amerikane në një grand slem pas 16 muajsh, që kur pat fituar grand slemin e Australian Open të vitit të kaluar. Dhe emocionet për ish-numrin 1 në botë kanë qenë të mëdha, që ka vuajtur disi në setin e parë të fituar në “tie break”, por në fund ia ka dalë mbanë të mposhtë rivalen.

Në turin e dytë ka avancuar një tjetër teniste që ka qenë numri 1, ajo gjermane Angelique Kerber, që mundi 2-0 (6-2, 6-3) Mona Barthel, ndërsa tenistja franceze Caroline Garcia eliminoi Wingwing Duan, duke fituar 2-0 (6-1, 6-0). Për shkak të errësirës, ndeshja e tenistes rumune Simona Halep, kryesuesja e renditjes botërore, është shtyrë për nesër.

Te meshkujt, një biletë për në raundin tjetër, në ndeshjet e mbrëmjes, ka prerë tenisti gjerman Mischa Zverev, që mundi patriotin e tij Florian Mayer. Fiton me përmbysje me shifrat 3-1 argjentinasi Juan Martin Del Potro, që eliminoi Niclas Mahut (1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4). Ndeshjet e radhës do të vijojnë nesër në fushat me dhè të Parisit.

Dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt, Serena captivated the French crowd from the start of the contest to its 7-6(4) 6-4 conclusion. “Two years has been a really long time,” she told the crowd in French, referring to her last match on clay. “I am just so happy to have won a match here… thank you all.”
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The last time the American had appeared in a Grand Slam tournament was at the Australian Open in 2017, when she won it while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia.
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Williams has spoken about health concerns over blood clots in the days after giving birth, and on Tuesday said: “Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months … So it is definitely a little functionality to it. I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional so I can be able to play without any problems.”
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But in the data that counts, Serena is a giant of the tennis court. Her haul of 23 Grand Slam singles crowns beats Steffi Graf’s total by one, and is just one shy of Margaret Court’s record 24.
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Next up for the three-times champion is Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty. It won’t be an encounter Barty will relish. She could be considered the most unlucky of seeds in a Grand Slam, for there can never have been a more dangerous floater in the draw.
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Williams is now sporting her own superhero outfit as she makes her return to Grand Slam tennis. “I call it like my Wakanda-inspired catsuit. It’s really fun,” the American laughed, referencing the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation which is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics. “I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe … I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero. I feel like a superhero when I wear it.”
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