Serena Hits The Second Round On Wimbledon Return

Simona Halep at Wimbledon in 2017

She was down love-30 on her serve and trailing 3-1 in the second set after a run of 7 of 8 points for Rus.

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 clearly didn't think about it.

Williams attended the Duchess of Sussex's wedding to Prince Harry in May, and the pair were together again at a polo event on Saturday - Williams delaying her Wimbledon media duties.

The eight-time champion began his title defense in style at the All England Club, brushing aside Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes on Centre Court.

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. So she does get super excited when I come back in. A year earlier, she rallied from the brink of defeat to end Kim Clijsters' 15-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

"It's a great feeling to be back, it's been a couple of years since I played on grass, so it is hard trying to find the rhythm".

She is back at Wimbledon for the first time as a mom, but Serena Williams was in no mood for nurturing as she blasted her way into the second round.

"I'm happy she chose to take that route and not walk away from the game, which would have been totally fine. I just won that a couple of days ago", the Australian Open champion said. "As long as he's here, I'm going to try to be here".

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The 25th seed had to battle from a break down in the second set but went on to win five games in a row to set up a second-round encounter against either Tereza Smitkova or Viktoriya Tomova.

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

She said: "It was not the best, but I won".

Caroline Wozniacki safely navigated her way past Varvara Lepchenko, winning 6-0 6-3, just 48 hours after claiming the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

Rus was looking for her first major main draw victory since 2012, when she pulled off one of her two signature upsets over then-World No.5 and reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur. "I've been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition".

"Gosh, yeah. So I don't know". "I'll take it one match at a time". "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 the American players - both male and female".

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka came through in straight sets against Ekaterina Alexandrova while 2015 quarter-finalist Madison Keys eased past Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 6-2 in 63 minutes.

Last year's semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova also exited, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

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