Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Serena Williams warns 2018 Wimbledon rivals

Serena Williams warns 2018 Wimbledon rivals

After winning the first set when Rus sent a forehand long, she had to fight back from a break down in the second.

Williams shared a photo of Olympia Alexis sitting on the court at Wimbledon during her training, writing, 'Go Mummy!'

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, there were a few signs of rust against Rus and Serena was pleased to get her first Wimbledon match as a mother out of the way.

But Serena has a problem, a odd distaste for an unglamorous part of her job: drug-testing.

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. I'm honoured to be able to go back as defending champion.

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 been a couple of years since I played on grass, so it is hard trying to find the rhythm".

"Over her 23-year career in tennis, Serena Williams has never tested positive for any illegal substance despite being tested significantly more than other professional tennis players, both male and female - in fact, four times more frequently than her peers", the statement reads.

But there seemed to be just as much commentary about what Williams was wearing as her killer serves. "I'm completely so far away.' I guess they decided it was a missed test, which really doesn't make sense", Williams said. Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally. "I think it just speaks to who I am as an athlete and who Serena is".

After just 20 minutes to complete the first set, Federer went on to fire 35 winners past Lajovic, breaking serve five times, setting up a second round encounter against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.

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For her return to the British Grand Slam tournament, the 36-year-old arrived in an all-white suit for her warmup.

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 am happy to get through that", Williams later said in comments carried by the AFP news agency.

Magdalena Rybarikova was the first seed to lose as she was beaten 7-5 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea while 22nd seed Anastasija Sevastova was ousted 6-1 2-6 6-4 by Camila Giorgi.

"They know that there is a trophy involved at some point if I do play well, because they get most excited about the trophies".

"I think she played very good".

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.

"I managed to find a little bit of my rhythm in the third set".

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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