Serena Williams said she wants to make her daughter proud after fighting back to reach the French Open third round on Thursday. The 36-year-old American came from a set and break down to defeat Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The three-time champion and former world number one, dressed again in her all-black catsuit, is playing her first Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while two months pregnant. However, her stay in Paris almost proved short-lived until she summoned the same fighting spirit which helped her conquer life-threatening blood clots after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. ‘It’s just incredible,’ said Williams. ‘I am so happy to be back here. I lost the first set and thought I must try harder, I must try harder -- and then Serena came out. ‘I will be back tomorrow to play doubles with Venus. I don’t mind playing singles and doubles -- I will fight my heart out.’ Williams said her daughter inspires her to keep winning as she targets Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors. ‘This is my first Grand Slam back and I want to the best that I can. ‘I want to be able to one day tell my daughter that I tried my best.’
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