‘I want to make my daughter proud of me,’ says Serena

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 31: Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams of USA celebrates her victory during Day Five of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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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