How Serena Williams responds to accusations that she 'was born a guy'

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But behind the scenes, Williams says there are challenges, particularly because she is a working mum with a demanding tennis career.

Not only did she win her first Grand Slam match against Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova in a 7-6, 6-4 first-round victory, but she did so as an unseeded player-she is now ranked 451st in the world-and was up against one of the highest ranking players in the French Open. The opening set went with serve and eventually to a tie-break in which Williams bounced back from 3-0 down to clinch it.

The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major victor in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September. I always wanted to be a super hero, and it's kind of my way of being a super hero.

Williams is ranked only 451st this week, because of her extended absence from the tour.

Serena Williams is not trying to be anyone but herself ― and it's pretty damn awesome.

The pair exchanged breaks in the second set with Williams grabbing the decisive one in the seventh game before sealing a 7-6, 6-4 triumph. "She's so young, I don't really bring her".

"But I love that I said that, because I can understand", she added.

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However, her game failed to match her impressive outfit in the first set where she was broken in the sixth game by the Australian.

Considering the last time she was in a Grand Slam arena she walked off as the champion, albeit while pregnant at the 2017 Australian Open, her hunger for success can not be questioned.

Williams hit just three winners while 22-year-old Barty could afford to bide her time, just two winners and four unforced errors coming from her side. I guess that's just who I am, ' she revealed.

"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".

"I fell like a warrior princess kind, a queen from Wakanda", the 36-year-old said, referencing the blockbuster Black Panther movie from Marvel.

In an Instagram post after her victory - her first match on clay since the 2016 French Open final - Williams wrote: "Catsuit anyone?" Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby?

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