Serena survives scare at Roland Garros, wins 800th match
May 28 2019
Williams's haul started at the U.S. Open 20 years ago but she has not won a major since she beat her older sister Venus in the Australian Open final in 2017. The backlash was viewed as a exhausted, sexist reaction by many; Williams, however, brushed the controversy aside, telling reporters she simply felt "like a warrior princess" and a "queen from Wakanda" in the design.
Russian Diatchenko is ranked a lowly 82nd in the world, and retired from her only previous match against Williams at the 2015 US Open while trailing 6-0, 2-0.
Williams, 37, had made headlines before even opening her account at Roland Garros by introducing her new zebra-print outfit deigned by Nike which followed her all-black body hugging costume for last year's Grand Slam tournament.
Three-times Roland Garros champion Serena Williams is looking to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title and she takes on Vitalia Diatchenko who has never progressed to the third round.
World number one Djokovic can become only the second man in history to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously twice if he triumphs in Paris. It was a nontraditional look to be sure, and the fact that it championed female empowerment in French-the very words Williams has used to describe her much-maligned French Open look of 2018-was very clever indeed.
While Williams' catsuit won't be seen again at the French Open, her boldness did help score a victory for female tennis players.
While Williams showed no obvious signs of her recent knee problem in the early going, she didn't look up to her best, either. Her movement wasn't ideal, and she often reached for shots instead of thumping them. "I don't know if many people are convinced about anything in this life", he said.
Williams will now face the victor of the Dalila Jakupovic-Kurumi Nara match in the second round.
It was then that those end-of-set improvements began to pay off for the American, who halved her unfoced error count from the opening set and struck nine winners of her own to level the match with the loss of just one game.
In all, the No.10 seed struck an impressive 17 winners to 21 unforced errors while maintaining a 70% win percentage behind her first serve.