Venus stellar in Paris with straight sets win over Japan's Nara

Serena Williams was back on the Grand Slam scene Wednesday, only she was snacking on a piece of fruit while sitting in a shaded part of the stands at the French Open, watching her older sister win in straight sets instead of playing a match herself.

Venus is looking to win her first French Open after making a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros.

"She's going to call me 'favorite aunt, '" Venus, 36, said, laughing.

When Venus was losing the 2002 Roland Garros final to Serena, Anisimova was just nine months old. And although Serena was absent from the draw this year, she was still present and correct on Philipp Chatrier to watch her sister play her 66th match.

Bellis, who is from California, is playing in her third career Grand Slam tournament.

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"Venus coming off what she did at the Australian Open getting to her first grand slam final since she knew she had the auto-immune syndrome (Sjogren's Syndrome) and now knowing that her sister is not in the draw". I got home at 1 a.m., it was hard to sleep.

"And he looked at me like I was from another planet".

"Well, I don't like to talk too much, so my mouth will always be shut", Williams said, smiling.

In a brief statement to USA Today, Williams said she isn't overly distraught by missing this event. "You know, she played well. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year", she captioned a sweet Instagram post on April 24.

"Patrick Mouratoglou said via the Associated Press that she recently texted him to say, "'It's going to sound weird, but I'm going on the court. "Just to get through it was something that I know I'll be very proud of".

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"Everything feels great, I've got to relax and enjoy it and see how we do".

Despite clay being Venus' least favourite surface, he takes confidence from the fact he won an ATP doubles title in Estoril, Portugal together with Harrison at the start of the clay court swing.

The two-time Wimbledon champion, who underwent surgery to her left hand in December after suffering a stabbing in a horrific home invasion attack, was playing just her second match of the season and still doesn't have full filling in one of her fingers.

First of all, the athlete referred to the baby as a "she", so, yeah, Serena is definitely having a girl.

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