FRENCH OPENSerena Williams said she felt like a â€˜superheroâ€™ in the black catsuit she wore during the 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major winner in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September. “I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda (referring to the Black Panther movie) maybe,” she said.“It was comfortable to wear.”The 36-year-old added: “I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”Williams also said the outfit helped her cope with the issue of blood clots, which she revealed, in February, almost cost her life.“I had a lot of problems with those – I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months,” she said. “It definitely has little functionality to it.“It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional so I’m able to play without any problems.”The contest between the two big servers – who fired down 28 aces between them – was a tight affair. The opening set went with serve and eventually to a tie-break in which Williams bounced back from 3-0 down to clinch it.In contrast, the service game of both players dipped markedly in the second set, with points won on the first serve falling by an average of 27%.However, it was Williams who made the fewer errors and secured the most important break to take a 4-3 lead before she sealed victory in the 10th game.The three-time French Open singles champion will now play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the next round.Williams, who returned to tennis in March, was asked about her chances at Roland Garros – a tournament she last won in 2015.She said: “I don’t know. I’m definitely here to compete and do the best that I can do.“I’m not putting any pressure on myself as I normally do.”The American was also asked whether her experience of being at a Grand Slam had changed since becoming a mother.“The biggest difference is definitely I’m semi on time today,” she continued. “It’s because I want to get home to see (daughter) Olympia, because I have been here all day.“There were a couple of rain delays so I wasn’t able to (see her). If I’m not practicing, we’re hanging out.“I’m concerned how that’s going to work out for me, because normally in Grand Slams I do spend a lot of time at the site. She’s so young, I don’t really bring her,” concludes Serena.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
LINCROFT – Brookdale Community College Student Life opens the Fall Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Collins Arena with ABC’s John Quinones; What Would You Do?Quinones is an Emmy Award winning journalist. He currently works on ABC’s Primetime. During his 25 years at ABC News, Quinones has also served as a correspondent for the network’s 20/20 news magazine.Quinones’ recent work includes a series of reports also titled “What Would You Do?” In these reports, which test human nature through a hidden camera, actors present controversial scenarios to elicit responses from unsuspecting bystanders. Scenarios have focused on interracial couples, challenges facing gays and lesbians, elder abuse and more.Among Quinones’ reporting is extensive coverage of a religious sect in northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages. He has gone undercover with a hidden camera to reveal how clinics were performing unnecessary surgical procedures as part of a major nationwide insurance scam.Quinones has followed along with a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the United States. The seven-time Emmy Award winner also traveled to Israel for a CINE award-winning report about suicide bombers.The presentation is free for Brookdale students with a valid ID, staff and faculty and $5 for the community. All attendees require a ticket, available at the Lincroft main campus Student Life desk in the Warner Student Life Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays trough Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Parking is closest in lot 7.The Lincroft main campus is located at 765 Newman Springs Road.The next Student Life-sponsored lectures will be Oct. 9 by Zach Wahls, “What Makes a Family” and Oct. 16, for Matt Roloff, from the television show Little People, Big World, who will speak about his testimony on same-sex marriage.For more details, contact the Student Life information desk at 732-224-2500.Additional event calendar information is available at www.brookdalecc.edu.