Serena Williams advances to Wimbledon second round

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

Few female players have succeeded at Grand Slam level after becoming mothers - only Kim Clijsters did it recently at the US Open in 2009, while Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley also won majors after giving birth.

"I'm adjusting well. I spend so much time with her every single day".

"I was like, I haven't seen Olympia, like what am I doing". I clearly didn't think about it. "Why not? After everything she's done, it would have been the ideal excuse and exit to say, 'I've had it", said Federer, the father of two sets of twins.

"Looking back I'm glad I had that win". "If I can do it, so can you. I'm really happy with my focus as well, point-for-point mentality". Thats just not me.”.

Having endured complications from her daughter's birth, Serena was playing only her second Grand Slam this year.

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.

Williams and Federer are both 36 years old and have a total of 43 Grand Slam titles between them.

Rus played her part in a competitive first-round clash with some sweet forehands down the line, however Williams would not be denied as she powered to a 7-5 6-3 victory.

The 36-year-old will next take on the victor of Tereza Smitkova's clash with Viktoriya Tomova in the second round.

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He had told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur: "I apologise to all the Colombian people, but the players are not to blame". It wasn't always pretty and I have even seen some English players flirting with the fake diving.

But everything else was familiar for the Swiss star who cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes.

"Never let anyone put a limit on how far you can go". We in it. We in it together. Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens crashed out in the first round after a straight-sets defeat to Donna Vekic.

When she appeared at the French Open last month in an all-black skin-tight catsuit, her outfit, once again, made a huge impression. "I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn't get a seed". "I didn't serve, actually, 'til I got here, to be honest".

"I'm very happy, I felt good from the start too which was nice and that was not the case a year ago against him".

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.

Williams came back from a set down to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-1. She had little trouble getting past the American, winning 6-0 6-3. Pliskova ousted Harriet Dart earlier Monday.

The Deadspin article recounted a controversy in which Williams missed a recent drug test. Williams said Sunday that the tester showed up 12 hours earlier than the time they had agreed upon, and she wasn't able to get to the meeting in time. I know she beat my sister last week in Eastbourne, so I was ready for a tough battle. She slid feet-first into the net and stayed down for a bit before being checked on, but she continued to play. 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.

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