Williams wins on Wimbledon return, Stephens crashes out

Williams wins on Wimbledon return, Stephens crashes out

Williams wins on Wimbledon return, Stephens crashes out

Williams was not the most mobile from the baseline but she was able to dominate from deep, her power enabling her to dictate most of the rallies - the deep forehand cross-court a particularly productive weapon.

"I think probably it would be helpful a few more years for the boys to really remember".

Day 1 at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament featured some mild surprises, such as U.S. Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens third first-round exit in the past five majors, and losses by No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov (to three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka).

As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss.

Her first was at the French Open last month, where Williams had to pull out ahead of the fourth round with an arm injury, having suffered it as a result of playing singles and doubles in Paris.

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In other words, Williams was in the mood to gab Sunday at a pre-tournament news conference postponed a day so she could accompany her recently married royal friend, the former Meghan Markle, to watch Prince Harry play polo.

"Over her 23-year career in tennis, Serena Williams has never tested positive for any illegal substance despite being tested significantly more than other professional tennis players, both male and female - in fact, four times more frequently than her peers", the statement reads. Maybe that's the part I don't like so much: "the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said, adding that more funding is needed for doping control.

"It was really windy for me today". Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally.

But everything else was familiar for the Swiss star who cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes. "I just found it quite interesting".

Vekic, who sealed the upset on her fourth match point, faces Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova or Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in the second round.

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Williams is bidding to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams at the end of the fortnight, nine months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

Caroline Wozniacki safely navigated her way past Varvara Lepchenko.

Karolina Pliskova had a battle on her hands to get past British hopeful Harriet Dart. "I didn't play my best but I'll get there", Williams said soon after walking off court. "But I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure". Something that I would normally be okay with, normally have, 'Oh, this is this.' It's just getting all back to the hang of things, getting used to different circumstances. It also is not unusual for athletes who have taken long breaks to be subject to additional testing because of natural physiological changes that might have occurred during the time off.

"I think it varies from place to place that you spend your time in".

Serena's fellow tennis-playing mother, Victoria Azarenka, a former world number one and two-time semi-finalist, defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russian Federation 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

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