Serena Williams came through her first match at the Roland Garos and showed that her remarkable mental strength has not left her, though there remain questions over exactly how fit the former Champion is.
Serena has now won two straight Grand Slam singles matches: 16 months apart. The 2017 Aussie Open final and this tight, powerfest of a 1st round match at the 2018 French Open. 7-6 (4), 6-4 over Kristyna Pliskova.
The 36-year-old had not featured at a major since the Australian Open in 2017 and had been absent from Roland Garros since losing to Garbine Muguruza in the final a year earlier.