“Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years…” are the first words from LL Cool J’s legendary comeback song, Mama Said Knock You Out.
Those words and that song are could be the theme song for tennis superstar Serena Williams after her recent win. After all, every superhero needs their theme music.
In her first Grand Slam match in nearly 16 months, Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday.
Much has changed in Williams’s life since she last played on one of the game’s biggest stages, winning the 2017 Australian Open.
She is now married and the mother of an infant daughter. Ranked No. 1 when she left the game, now she’s slowly building back up her rank as an unseeded player after playing only four singles matches on tour this season.
And she has been doing it all while wearing a stylish black lycra bodysuit that fit her like a sleek, sexy superhero.
“I call it like my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” Williams said, in a reference to the blockbuster movie Black Panther. Yet this was not a purely sartorial decision, it was for her health too.
Tennis fans and naysayers alike noticed that in just about every