Wimbledon: Williams rolls, Stephens a surprise loser in first round

Wimbledon: Williams rolls, Stephens a surprise loser in first round

Having struggled to establish a rhythm against her Swedish opponent during the opening set, the ninth-seeded Williams won 10 games in a row from 1-2 in the second to take control.

In women's play, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens became the first contender to go out as she lost 6-1, 6-3 to Donna Vekic of Croatia. I clearly didn't think about it.

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 seven-time Wimbledon champion, who was seeded 25th, beat Arantxa Rus in two-straight sets in the first round of competition on Monday.

As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss. "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". A year earlier, she rallied from the brink of defeat to end Kim Clijsters' 15-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

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As she returns to tennis following the birth of her daughter, she is priced up at second favourite to win this year's Wimbledon title despite being ranked just 183rd in the world, a testament to her astonishing ability. "I'm really happy with my focus as well, point-for-point mentality". Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally.

But everything else was familiar for the 36-year-old eight-time champion as the Swiss cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes.

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The 36-year-old will next take on the victor of Tereza Smitkova's clash with Viktoriya Tomova in the second round. I didn't serve at all.

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.

In the women's draw, Serena's sister Venus overcame a slow start to claim a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-1 win over Swede Johanna Larsson.

Karolina Pliskova also had a battle on her hands to get past British hopeful Harriet Dart in three sets. Something that I would normally be okay with, normally have, 'Oh, this is this.' It's just getting all back to the hang of things, getting used to different circumstances.

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.

"I think it varies from place to place that you spend your time in". Until I read that article, I didn't realize it was such a discrepancy with me, as well as against the other players that they listed, at least with the American players, both male and female.

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.

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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