Comment: Serena Williams soiling her legacy by slamming drug testers
Jul 06, 2018, 22:18
The American produced the crucial break of serve from 5-5 in the opening set as Rus battled valiantly to stay in the contest.
Williams shared a photo of Olympia Alexis sitting on the court at Wimbledon during her training, writing, 'Go Mummy!' "Now that I'm not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help".
She appreciates the All England Club's decision to seed her as she prepares to return to action at Wimbledon on Monday for the first time as a mother.
"Just test everyone equally", the seven-time Wimbledon champion said Sunday at a pre-tournament news conference.
Williams figures to garner plenty of attention however long she remains in the field after sitting out Wimbledon previous year while pregnant.
She is competing in her second grand slam since giving birth, having reached the fourth round of the French Open before withdrawing with a pectoral injury ahead of a match against old rival Maria Sharapova.
The USADA database has a grand total of 41 recorded tests for Williams down through the years, and if that seems a lot, consider this: fellow American tennis player Bob Bryan has had 56 tests, despite his earnings being a fraction of Serena's.
Since a 2014 third round loss to Alize Cornet, Serena has now won 15 successive matches at Wimbledon - she took the title in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's tournament due to her pregnancy.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion wore a head-to-toe white ensemble by Nike - the same brand that created her Wakanda-inspired catsuit to mark her triumphant return to the sport after almost 14 months gone for the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian. "I'm completely so far away.' I guess they decided it was a missed test, which really doesn't make sense", Williams said. So I'm just not used to that yet. "I just found it quite interesting". She progresses to the second round on Wednesday.
It was at Wimbledon two years ago that Williams last one a grand slam.
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 didn't play my best but I'll get there", Williams said soon after walking off court. I tried to go out there and be aggressive, I was struggling with my serve, it was windy, so I am happy to get through.
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who has never got to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, built on her Eastbourne title at the weekend with a 59-minute, 6-0, 6-3 win over Varvara Lepchenko. Pliskova ousted Harriet Dart earlier Monday. "I'll take it one match at a time". He wore a Uniqlo outfit for the first time after ending his career-long apparel partnership with Nike.
"Gosh, yeah. So I don't know".
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. "But I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure".
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 runner-up, then supplied the late night drama, saving six match points to beat Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
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