Serena Williams back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

Tatjana Maria celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the final of the Mallorca Open

Tatjana Maria celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the final of the Mallorca Open

As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss. One reporter asked her to comment on a recent Deadspin article that revealed Williams is tested for doping much more often than other male or female players. She went a few weeks without even attempting to serve, while healing, and insisted she wasn't entirely sure how she'd fare with that stroke Monday.

After the match, Williams told reporters the suit was also created to help with blood clots, something the tennis pro has battled, including after giving birth to her daughter when she says she "almost died".

"I think coming up, the US Open, very special moment for an American to win a US Open".

"Not only do I expect to win", she said Monday after picking up a victory in her first match at the All England Club in two years, "I expect to win emphatically". "It definitely surprises me a little because I thought it would be different".

"Obviously Australian Open is a great booster, as well, knowing that I can do it and I've gone all the way in a grand slam". This is all super-bonus.' And it is. I feel like equality, that's all I've been preaching, it's all about equality. Maybe that's the part I don't like so much: "the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said, adding that more funding is needed for doping control. It's weird, you know. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I'm being pushed out.

Serena Williams practises on the grass court at Wimbledon, ahead of the start of the 2018 tournament.

Sunday brought the withdrawal of two-time Wimbledon titlist Andy Murray, who had hip surgery in January.

"He said how many more years he's going?"

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.

Consider Federer among those pleased to see her back on tour. "I also think it's healthy in a way for me to do what I need to do, be that working mum, then go back home and be the mum". Williams said Sunday that, on the day in question, the collector arrived 12 hours early, with the result she was listed as having a missed test. I don't go out there expecting to do well, see what happens. It's a different life. She lost her footing and tumbled at one point.

Williams beat Arantxa Rus in her opening Wimbledon match this afternoon. That success rate surely was a consideration when the All England Club opted to elevate her from a ranking of 183rd to a seeding of 25th. "I didn't play my best but I'll get there", Williams said soon after walking off court. I thought, 'Wow. I literally didn't know that'. That's kind of one thing that's been able to set them apart.

Williams has only played three tournaments and seven matches since.

"And I haven't played in wind in a really long time".

"It was really windy for me". I didn't serve at all.

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