Serena Williams felt like a ‘superhero’ as she wore a black catsuit when making her grand slam return Tuesday after 16 months away.
The American’s 23 majors speak to her immense powers on the tennis court and she engineered an out-of-this world comeback at the French Open against Ashleigh Barty on Thursday to reach the third round.
Barty — the 17th-seeded Australian with a serve nearly as imposing as Williams’ — looked on course for the biggest victory of her career when she claimed the first set and led by a break in the second.But Williams — as she has done so often in her career — rallied for a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win as light faded in the Parisian evening.
The gripping tussle on Philippe-Chatrier court concluded at around 9:15 p.m. local time.”I think when push came to shove, the real Serena came out,” Barty told reporters. “And that’s one of her best assets is, when her back is against the wall, the best comes out.”