PARIS- Serena Williams said she wants to make her daughter proud after making a comeback to reach the French Open third round on Thursday.
The 23 grand slam winning champion come from a set down and break down to defeat Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Serena was dressed again in a full black cat-suit, appearing in her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while two months pregnant.
Williams showed the same fighting spirit she conquered when life-threatening blood clots after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September, she said, “It’s just incredible,”
“I am so happy to be back here. I lost the first set and thought I must try harder, I must try harder — and then Serena came out.
“I will be back tomorrow to play doubles with Venus. I don’t mind playing singles and doubles — I will fight my heart out.”
Williams said her daughter Alexis Olympia inspires her to keep winning as she all-time record of 24 majors held by Margret Court.
“This is my first Grand Slam back and I want to the best that I can.
“I want to be able to one day tell my daughter that I tried my best.”
Williams will next face Germany’s Julia Goerges for a place in the last 16 on Saturday. If she beats Goerges she could possibly face old foe Maria Sharapova.
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