Serena Williams returns to tennis dressed like a superhero and fans are freaking out

Serena Williams made her return to the Grand Slam circuit on Tuesday in the first round of the French Open. The 36-year-old hasn’t played in a major tennis tournament since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 — while pregnant with daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr. 

About nine months since giving birth, she hit the court to take on Kristyna Pliskova, who’s from the Czech Republic and currently ranked 70th (Williams, formerly No. 1, entered the French Open unseeded and is ranked 453rd in the world). 

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PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America in action during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a forehand during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of The United States of America reacts during her women's singles first round match against Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 3 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Serena Williams of the USA in action against Kristyna Pliskova (not seen) of Czech Republic during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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To do so, Williams suited up — quite literally. Usually one to make sartorial statements, the athlete opted for a black one-piece from Nike with a red stripe across her midriff.

While most players wear skirts or dresses to compete, Williams’s spandex look got great reviews.

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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19: Serena Williams is seen at the 2018 Miami Open Hard Rock Stadium Ground Breaking Ceremony at Hard Rock Stadium on March 19, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Venus Williams and Serena Williams pose for a photo before their match against each other during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 10: Serena Williams ( USA ) hits a backhand the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on March 10, 2018, at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens in Indian Wells, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 08: Serena Williams leaves the court after defeating Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 8, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 5: Serena Williams of the United States in action during the Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 5: Venus Williams of the United States and her sister Serena Williams of the United States during the Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 06: Serena Williams attends 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event on March 6, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Kelly Howard)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 06: Serena Williams attends 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event on March 6, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Kelly Howard)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Shuai Zhang of China during the Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: The United States Women's Olympic hockey team poses with their gold medals and tennis champions Serena Williams anf Venus Williams during the Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ASHEVILLE, NC - FEBRUARY 11: Serena Williams of Team USA reacts after a shot to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands during a doubles match in the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 11, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shiro/Getty Images)
ASHEVILLE, NC - FEBRUARY 10: Serena Williams of Team USA, bottom left, along with her husband Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Alexis Olympia, center, watch the action during the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 10, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shiro/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 30 : Serena Williams of United States in action during her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 30 : Serena Williams of United States is seen after her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 30: Serena Williams of United States smiles during her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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