Serena Williams made her return to the Grand Slam circuit on Tuesday in the first round of the French Open. The 36-year-old hasn’t played in a major tennis tournament since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 — while pregnant with daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr.
About nine months since giving birth, she hit the court to take on Kristyna Pliskova, who’s from the Czech Republic and is currently ranked 70th (Williams, formerly No. 1, entered the French Open unseeded and is ranked 453rd in the world).
To do so, Williams suited up — quite literally. Usually one to make sartorial statements, the athlete opted for a black one-piece from Nike with a red stripe across her midriff.
While most players wear skirts or dresses to compete, Williams’s spandex look got great reviews.
I am absolutely living for Serena Williams' bodysuit. The queen has returned.
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) May 29, 2018
Serena Williams is on the scene of the French Open, but also suited up for the secret assassination mission later in the evening. pic.twitter.com/zSDBrKfPEI
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 29, 2018
— John Thrasher (@jthrasher) May 29, 2018
— Kedzie Teller (@Kedz) May 29, 2018
Serena Williams, always one to make a fashion statement, is wearing a full, skintight bodysuit in her 1st major back from maternity leave. #RG18
— Matt Dowell (@TheMattDowell) May 29, 2018
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) May 29, 2018
Some superheroes wear capes.
Others wear black bodysuits.
We see you, @serenawilliams.
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) May 29, 2018
Following her return to grand slam tennis after having her baby girl, Serena Williams wears a full, skintight bodysuit & braids in her first match at the French Open. You can’t tell me she ain’t the GOAT #RG18 pic.twitter.com/YjJmEkcjz6
— Troy (@Troy_Official) May 29, 2018
Williams’s husband was also excited about the catsuit.
“Supermama is back. Second time is even better,” he wrote. “Is that Vibranium?”
After a tiebreak in the first set, Williams went on to defeat Pliskova 7-6, 6-4.
Following her win, Williams took to Twitter and asked, “Catsuit anyone?” She added that her successful return was for “all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!!
Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! pic.twitter.com/xXb3BKDGNF
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 29, 2018