Serena Williams claims first major post-baby win in black catsuit

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The Paris skies rang with the cry of the Cat as Serena Williams clawed her way back from a set and a break down to reach the third round of the French Open.

"As soon as I got off the court, I'm walking past and it's on the big screen".

The 31-year-old, five-time major champion, took just 24 minutes to win the first set of a match which was delayed from Monday due to thunderstorms but threw away a 3-1 lead in the second.

Is that really the bar we're setting for a 23-time Grand Slam champion?

"It felt really good", said Australia's 17th seed.

"It's a fun suit, but it's also functional so I can be able to play without any problems".

Serena Williams has spoken about her struggle with postnatal depression following the hard birth of her daughter. Aoyoma and Kato took it to the Williams sisters right from the opening point and the Americans needed to fight back to score a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win. Serena won 82 percent of her total service points despite struggling with her second serve, and she had just 25 unforced errors.

"You can't give someone of Serena's caliber that many looks at second serves and put yourself under the pump that much", Barty said.

"That's what Serena does to you", said Alicia Molik, the Australian Fed Cup captain, who was watching from Barty's player box.

"She's playing unbelievable, and she's had such an wonderful year last year and this year as well", said the three-times French Open champion and former world No.1.

The accomplished athlete is loving being a working mom but admits that if she wasn't back in the game, she'd probably be making more babies. I'm definitely here to compete and do the best that I can do.

"She does everything great".

This tournament felt as if it were holding its collective breath for her slightly rain-delayed debut on Day 3, a comeback within a comeback that began three months ago with a Fed Cup doubles match and continued with a pair of wins at Indian Wells.

"I think people need to talk about it more because it's nearly like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy". And I think there are valid arguments both ways.

"She's a genuine champion".

Despite exercising before her return, Williams weighed 93.1 kg (205 lb).

Gavrilova cashed in on a stunning meltdown from Bernarda Pera to scrape into the French Open third round in Paris.

Serena has previously revealed she was bedbound for her first six weeks of motherhood, and the medical ordeal combined with the challenges of parenting were overwhelming. Will a year-long break from tennis and two major life changes affect the drive of a 36-year-old who's achieved everything possible in her sport (multiple times)?

Stosur earlier powered into the second round for the 12th straight year with a 6-2 6-4 victory over former US Open semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer.

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