Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

Following Monday's match, Williams told the BBC she was "more relieved" to have won, admitting that Rus, her opponent, had put up a good fight.

Now that she's "Mrs. Williams", per the Wimbledon chair umpire, now that she's a mother, now that she is back on tour, Serena Williams is ready to rediscover her full complement of shots and full ability to dominate.

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

This Williams' first grand slam since taking maternity leave after the birth of Olympia Alexis, her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian.

And the seven-time champion has not ruled out her friend paying a visit to SW19, but she knows she needs to keep winning to do that.

While there was nothing to suggest Williams had, like certain other champions, abused the TUE system to gain an advantage, the acerbic attitude she displayed to a reasonable question was unsettling, particularly as the only other time she'd been asked it, during a French TV interview in 2016, she walked out.

"Not only do I expect to win, I expect to win emphatically". Four weeks ago her French Open run came to an abrupt end after she was forced to pull out of her fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova due to an injury that impeded her service motion. I thought, 'Wow. I literally didn't know that'.

Serena Williams has shared inspiring words following her first-round Wimbledon win overnight - her first since becoming a mum a year ago. "I really don't like being away from her", Williams said.

"I don't believe there's ever going to be enough testing", Federer said. "I think it just speaks to who I am as an athlete and who Serena is".

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Williams, looking to move within one title of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of nine Wimbledon titles, fired 23 winners past Rus. I don't go out there expecting to do well, see what happens.

Williams is the second oldest player in the women's draw - her sister Venus is 38 - but even motherhood can't persuade her to consider retiring when she sees Swiss star Roger Federer thriving at the same age.

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

Serena Williams says she got choked up when she brought her baby daughter to Centre Court. "I didn't serve, actually, 'til I got here, to be honest".

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki needed less than an hour to book her second-round spot, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3. "I also think it's healthy in a way for me to do what I need to do, be that working mum, then go back home and be the mum". Until I read that article, I didn't realize it was such a discrepancy with me, as well as against the other players that they listed, at least with the American players, both male and female.

Harriet Dart's first appearance at Wimbledon - a three-set defeat to Karolina Pliskova - landed her with a windfall of £39,000. She slid feet-first into the net and stayed down for a bit before being checked on, but she continued to play.

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka came through in straight sets, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, against Ekaterina Alexandrova while 2015 quarter-finalist Madison Keys eased past Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 6-2 in 63 minutes.

However, 2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova lost 7-5, 6-3 to Sorana Cirstea.

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