Serena Williams returns to the French Open with a win. (1
9659002) Serena Williams, who had not played since March, returned to both the Tennis and Grand Slam competitions on Tuesday. In the French Open, she won 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 rounds. The victory improved Williams to 3-2 in the Tournament this year and ended her long absence from the Grand Slam competition, which is linked to the birth of her daughter in September.
Williams had not competed in a Grand Slam event since winning the 2017 Australian Open about eight weeks into her pregnancy with daughter Olympia. She had a pulmonary embolism and a subsequent hematoma after birth and was bedridden for about six weeks. She had played only occasionally this season.
Williams was the best player in the history of women's tennis – and one of the greatest athletes of all time. He sat unsung on the Roland Garros Court this month and finished 453rd in the world. (Pliskova turned 70.)
She came back with a fashion statement and rocked a bold, black Nike catsuit that caught on to social media.
The Outfit, said after the game "All the mothers out there who had a hard pregnancy and need to come back and try to be wild, in the middle of everything." That's what this is You can not beat a catsuit, can you? "
Apart from the clothing, the meeting with Pliskova opened another debate about maternity leave on the women's tour, with the key question of how to play high-ranking players after a
" Es It's a complex and I think it's complex because it's not your normal working environment, "said Steve Simon, the head of the Women's Tennis Association Tour, the New York Times. "It's competition, they're dealing with independent contractors, and because of the nature of the competition you're not guaranteed anything, but there's still the feeling that you should have some rights, and I think our rules address a lot of them It's really just one element of the rule, to be honest, that's being talked about – that's the use of the special ranking for seeding. "
[New mother Serena Williams returns to tennis, with a little rust and plenty to learn]
Williams was the # 1 in the world when she took her maternity break in February 2017 made. WTA players who return from maternity leave or recover from an injury have a protected or "special" ranking that can be used to enter – but not sow – in eight tournaments within 12 months. Without being seeded, players could compete against high-ranking opponents much earlier in tournaments, and Williams therefore supports sheltered pitches.
"You should not have to stop completely just because you want to have a baby boy," Williams, who will turn around 37 in September, the Times said. "You do not want to have your first baby at my age, do you know what I mean, so I think that as a woman you should have the option of getting pregnant and having a baby while still having a career, just like everyone else Another job. "
Williams may be ready to return to the sport
" Serena has clearly come back too early, "said her coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently. "She was not there yet, but she had to feel the competition, so she decided to play, even though she was far from 100 percent, so it was a good experience to realize all the work that was done so that she was really ready. "
For now, Williams starts off like other women on the tour who come back after giving birth. Many observers seem to be unfair, including Ivanka Trump, who tweeted last week, "No one should be punished professionally for having a child!"
But not everyone on the women's tour is ready to change the rule. "We want Serena Williams," Mandy Minella told The Times. Minella, 32, made the peloton of the French Open after the birth last October. She's important to tennis, and she can be in any tournament, and I think if she's fit enough she'll go back to where she belongs, right, but she'll have to prove herself again after practicing. In sports, you have to prove yourself time and time again. "
Last year, the WTA changed the rule to treat absences for maternity leave as well as for injuries and illnesses, but women are not united (19659016)" In the past WTA player does not support the use of special rankings for seeding purposes, "the WTA said in a statement to the Associated Press last week. "The rule is under further review as part of our regulatory process in 2019. We are committed to the needs of our players and support those returning from maternity leave to the tour."
Maria Sharapova is one of those calling for change probably will not happen soon.  "It's such an incredible effort for a woman to come back physically and emotionally … There's just one more dimension of travel, experience, physicality feelings every single day," she said of the AP. "Tennis is such a selfish sport, but I think if there's a kid in your life, you lose a bit of it because there's something so much more important, so yes, I definitely think that would be a nice change . "
Williams lost in the final of the French Open 2016 to Garbine Muguruza. She won her third French Open in 2015.
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