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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)

French Open 2018: There’s a medical reason behind Serena Williams’ ‘Wakanda” catsuit

And she’s dedicating this one to all the moms who had a tough time recovering from pregnancy.

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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)

Serena Williams is back!

Explaining her outfit after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams said:

“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves.

“I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”

And while we already know Williams is some kind of superhero, she says she now feels like one.

“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” referring to the fictional nation in the film Black Panther.

“We designed it way before the movie,” she said, “but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”

Williams said she feels “like a warrior princess, kind of” when she wears the outfit.

“I’m always living in a fantasy world,” she added. “I always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Why is Serena Williams wearing a catsuit?

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But there is actually a medical reason for her outfit. After giving birth to her first child last year, Williams had to deal with serious complications related to a pulmonary embolism.

“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Williams said.

“I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”

Serena has also said that the biggest difference for her since becoming a mother is wanting to get away from court a bit quicker.

“The biggest difference is definitely that I’m semi on time (for her press conference), two minutes late, because I want to get home and see Olympia, because I have been here all day,” she said after her first-round win over Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday, her first Grand Slam match since the 2017 Australian Open final when she beat sister Venus while two months pregnant.