But the bodysuit, as well as helping her deal with her blood clots issues, didn't look half bad either.
"So it is definitely a little functionality to it". I have been wearing trousers in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going.
"I feel like a warrior princess".
I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda maybe.
So a woman who has spent hundreds of weeks ranked No. 1 is now No. 451 and unseeded at the French Open, a subject of some debate: Should her past success accord her the protection a seeding offers?
Williams teamed with sister Venus for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Karto, while Barty - a finalist with Casey Dellacqua past year - and American Coco Vandeweghe suffered a disappointing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Croatians Donna Vekic and Darija Jurak.
Williams may be short of match sharpness and the footwork is not quite there yet, but the 36-year-old's serve remains a formidable weapon as she took the first set after a tie-break.
She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in September, but suffered complications during labour that postponed her eventual return to competitive sport.
Sharapova was staring down the barrel of falling at first hurdle in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open when trailing 3-0 in the third, but the former world number one dug deep and reeled off six straight games to edge into round two. But she will be ready to fight for it.
The 23-time grand slam victor revealed the outfit was as much about functionality as style.
"I think people have to talk about it more because it's nearly like the fourth trimester, it's part of the pregnancy". "I feel like a lot of people don't talk about it". "It makes me laugh that many parents only talk about the attractive, but it's also hard and there are sacrifices".
Ranked No. 453 in the world, Williams won her opening round match at the French Open Tuesday against world No. 70 Kristyna Pliskova.
Williams, who has been out for more than a year after discovering she was pregnant just before the 2017 Australian Open.
"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".
Being a tennis-playing mother is also radically different from being a tennis-playing dad on the tour.
The pair have played just once previously - also at a Grand Slam.
"Men don't go through the whole physical experience of becoming a parent", Azarenka said.
"Well, first and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby".
"I'm really fortunate enough that I can plan my days and I can plan my career".
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