Serena Williams wins on Wimbledon return

Serena Williams wins on Wimbledon return

Serena Williams wins on Wimbledon return

Sixteenth-seeded American Coco Vandeweghe took a fall in the opening set of her first-round match at Wimbledon and then stumbled out of the tournament.

One reporter asked her to comment on a recent Deadspin article that revealed Williams is tested for doping much more often than other male or female players. I clearly didn't think about it.

She appreciates the All England Club's decision to seed her as she prepares to return to action at Wimbledon on Monday for the first time as a mother.

Stephens (4) suffered a second first-round grand-slam exit since winning her first major at last year's US Open as she was beaten 6-1 6-3 by Donna Vekic. She returned at the French Open in May, and won three matches there before withdrawing with an injured pectoral muscle.

She added: "I haven't played a tremendous amount of tennis since I had the baby". At the time I wasn't happy, but looking back, I'm glad I had that win.

Sloane Stephens fared less well as the French Open finalist became an early casualty, while Victoria Azarenka came away with a sore knee after a nasty slip in her win against Ekaterina Alexandrova.

But everything else was familiar for the 36-year-old eight-time champion as the Swiss cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes. "You just think about what I did wrong, what I can improve, what I'm going to do next".

Williams faces Tereza Smitkova or Viktoriya Tomova next.

The world No.2 is enjoying a renaissance as he chases a 21st grand slam title and a record-extending ninth Wimbledon, 15 years after his first.

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Rus rolled her eyes at that notion after the match, saying: "I mean, she doesn't start a tournament if she's not prepared". I didn't serve at all.

In the women's draw, Serena's sister Venus overcame a slow start to claim a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-1 win over Swede Johanna Larsson.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who has never got to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, built on her Eastbourne title at the weekend with a 59-minute, 6-0, 6-3 win over Varvara Lepchenko.

Karolina Pliskova also had a battle on her hands to get past British hopeful Harriet Dart in three sets. "I'll get there; I'll take it one match at a time".

Williams found herself in a bit of a jam against 105th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, down by a break in the second set on a windy afternoon. He wore a Uniqlo outfit for the first time after ending his career-long apparel partnership with Nike.

"I have such high expectations of myself", said Williams, whose 23 Grand Slam singles championships include seven at Wimbledon, so she was seeded 25th even though her ranking is 181st following an extended absence.

"I do know I'm always tested, I'm always getting tested, all the time".

In the women's event, there were wins for Czech seventh seed Karolína Pliskova who defeated Britain's Harriet Dart 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-1 and 10th seeded American Madison Keys, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.

The Pole saved six match points to win 6-3 4-6 7-5 and scrape through to the second round.

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