Serena Williams won’t celebrate daughter’s first birthday due to Jehovah’s Witness beliefs

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Williams plays world No. 101 Carina Witthoeft of Germany in the second round, before a possible blockbuster clash against her older sister Venus, who overcame former U.S. Open victor Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation in a three-set match lasting close to three hours.

The Grand Slam champion was greeted with a warm welcome from tennis fans after her hiatus following the birth of her daughter, Olympia.

As for playing in a Tutu, Williams said it was "easy to play in" and "aerodynamic", which means we could possibly see more tutus from Williams, and maybe a full Sailor Moon-inspired outfit or a waterbender Katara-inspired look from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

For her first game of the tournament, the Wimbledon victor walked onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday wearing the Off-White x Nike Queen Collection asymmetrical ballet dress.

Telling the crowd that her spirit was broken after not saying goodbye to her daughter Olympia before leaving for her match, Williams displayed little appetite for a fight during an uneven opening set until she finally seized control with a break to go 4-3 up.

"It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and handsome at the same time".

"Listen I love her attitude", she said.

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"One must respect the game and the place", he said.

Serena Williams marked her return to the US Open with victory but Simona Halep became the first women's top seed to lose in the opening round in the Open era.

"I can not say much about this match, just that I didn't really feel the ball", French Open champion Halep said.

"I love playing here in NY, I have always loved it", she said. "I'm super excited to get the tournament going".

Venus, a seven-time Slam victor, outlasted another former champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens eased into the second round with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Russian Evgeniya Rodina. At just 11 months old, she is already a social media star with over 4 lakh followers on her verified Instagram account.