Serena Williams picks up first win at Wimbledon

Serena Williams picks up first win at Wimbledon

And while the American star, Serena Williams, seeded 25th this year despite a ranking of 181, to compete against Dutch left-hander Arantxa Rus, the world 107 who made the third round in 2012 but failed to get out of qualifying on her last three visits.

Monday's other Centre Court matches see Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki face Varvara Lepchenko of the United States while Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014, faces three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka.

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.

Eight-time champion Roger Federer and seven-time victor Serena Williams shrugged off 30-degree heat to breeze into the Wimbledon second round Monday.

Williams offered extensive comments on the topic after being asked about a Deadspin article published earlier in the week, which reported that she had been tested five times so far this year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. I'm honoured to be able to go back as defending champion. 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.

In other words, Williams was in the mood to gab Sunday at a pre-tournament news conference postponed a day so she could accompany her recently married royal friend, the former Meghan Markle, to watch Prince Harry play polo.

There was something old, something new and something blue on show on Monday as Serena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir in Paris for a more conservative look on her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mum.

The Ukrainian would have been hoping to make a real challenge for her maiden grand slam, but lost 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-1. "I remember I struggled early on a lot", said Federer. "Well, I won't think about it, I'll just be out there, yeah".

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Having endured complications from her daughter's birth, Serena was playing only her second Grand Slam this year. "I also think it's healthy in a way for me to do what I need to do, be that working mom, then go back home and be the mom".

Williams faces Tereza Smitkova or Viktoriya Tomova next.

"I am very happy to win, it was a tough match", Vekic said.

She said: "It was not the best, but I won. I'll get there; I'll take it one match at a time". 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.

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've been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition".

Madison Keys, seeded No. 10, swiftly defeated Ajla Tomljanovic.

Magdalena Rybarikova was the first seed to lose on day one, the 19th ranked player beaten 7-5 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea, while 22nd seed Anastasija Sevastova was ousted 6-1 2-6 6-4 by Camila Giorgi.

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