November 20, 2018

Serena back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

06 July 2018, 12:46 | Pamela Mathis

Serena back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

Simona Halep at Wimbledon in 2017

7-time champion Serena Williams will return to the 2018 Wimbledon Championships as a mother for the first time, and the lady luck has shone on her after receiving a favourable draw to mount yet another deep run at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

"I felt guilty", Williams said about her time in Paris.

Also getting their campaigns under way on Monday are five-time women's champion Venus Williams against Johanna Larsson.

Lajovic held serve in the opening game but that was as good as it got for the 58th-ranked Serb. On June 14, an unannounced USADA officer arrived at Williams' residence for a drug test at 8:30 a.m. when she wasn't home, Deadspin reported.

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 don't believe there's ever going to be enough testing. I don't go out there expecting to do well, see what happens. "How can I have a missed test when it's nowhere near the time I should be there?"

Williams, looking to move within one title of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of nine Wimbledon titles, fired 23 winners past Rus.

On a glorious Wimbledon day, the Swiss great was watched by wife Mirka and his four children - four-year-old twin boys Lenny and Leo, and eight-year-old girls Myla Rose and Charlene Riva - and afterwards said he hopes to continue his career so that his children can witness him winning trophies. "I just found it quite interesting".

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Having been forced to withdraw from Roland Garros before her scheduled match against Maria Sharapova, it was an encouraging start to her Wimbledon campaign.

"It's insane. It's just such great memories that I have here, which is why I wanted to bring Olympia here". "Sorry to go on about that, but I wanted to say that so women out there know that's not true [losing weight while breast-feeding]". "I got the early break in each set and then was able to bring it home".

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. In fact, I feel like it's stronger, because I've been through so much.

Drug testers can make unannounced visits outside of that one-hour window, but if the athlete is not available they will not receive a "missed test" designation. It's just about being equal and not centring one person out.

Seeded 25th at SW19, Serena was never on top form in the first-round encounter, but equally was never truly tested. "I thought it was very, very noble and honest and cool". "I'll see how it goes".

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. Sometimes, I put too much pressure on myself, I'm overanxious.

Her long-sleeve, flounce-skirt tennis dress femininely contrasted with white court shoes by the Swoosh and thick above-the-ankle socks.

"We'll always have that footage of her".

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