Serena wins first round match at French Open

But already, after one match, she looked a lot more like the Serena of old.

The very first game featured an ace at 112 m.p.h., and when it ended with Pliskova netting a backhand, the chair umpire intoned, "Jeu, Madame Williams", - French for "Game, Mrs. Williams, " a change from the "mademoiselle" officials use for unmarried female players.

Though she took short balls well and played with a fierce determination, it's clear Williams' body is simply not at the level as when she she left tennis triumphantly after winning the Australian Open to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.

"I'm just happy to win a match here, " Williams told the crowd in Court Philippe Chatrier.

Next up for the three-times champion is Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty.

In the Open Era, Williams' 11-year gap between her first two titles here is the longest gap for a woman at any Grand Slam.

Sharapova was given a tough challenge by Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp but eventually prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

No.11 seed Julia Goerges reached the second round of the French Open and completed her 258th career win by beating No.32 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 5-7, 6-0.

She will now face former quarter-finalist Alison Van Uytvanck.

Here's a rundown of updates from Tuesday at Roland Garros.

Coming into this tournament her career prizemoney stood at more than $US84 million.

Barthel, the last countrywoman to beat Goerges, in 2013, looked subdued against the higher-ranked opponent, bidding to reach at least the quarterfinal, equalling her best result here, in the only Slam where she hasn't reached the final.

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%.

Her play today will of course make headlines, but so is her outfit. It is the first break of the match.

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