Supermum Serena Williams Returns As ‘Princess Warrior’ Of Wakanda
A non-seeded Serena Williams stepped back into the Grand Slam at the French Open on Tuesday and all fans can talk about is her super look. The 36-year-old herself compared her new attire to the fictional nation from Marvel – Wakanda. She says she came straight from Marvel Comics’ Black Panther. “I call it like my Wakanda-inspired catsuit. It’s really fun,” she said.
Just eight months after she “almost died” (according to the player) giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, the American defeated Czech Republic’s Kristyna Pliskova 7-6(4) 6-4 in the first round of French Open 2018.
An elated Serena feels like a “princess warrior” in her new all-black outfit. She is attempting to win her first title since pregnancy. Now she has entered the second round of the French Open.
“Two years has been a really long time,” the 23 Grand Slam winner told the crowd, referring to her last match on the clay court.
“I am just so happy to have won a match here… thank you all.”
Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! pic.twitter.com/xXb3BKDGNF
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 29, 2018
“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,” she said, Indian Express reported.
Explaining the motive behind the attire, Serena said that the suit is keeping the blood circulation going. “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,” she explained.
Challenges as a Mother
Serena shared how difficult it is for a mother to play top-level tennis. “Well, first and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby,” said the 36-year-old, who is eyeing to win a 24th major trophy to draw level with Margaret Court’s all-time record.
“And just coming back from the physical (challenges) of having a baby, at my age is never really easy. “Emotionally it’s different because I’m so emotionally attached to my daughter. Dads are too, but I actually breastfed for a really, really, really long time, and so I just had this real connection with my daughter. So there are definitely some differences.”
Seena is a champion name at the French Open stage as she prevailed to be a three-time singles winner. She is playing in her first Grand Slam tournament since winning the Australian Open in 2017.
Serena Williams will face off the 17th-seed Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the French Open.
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