Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams battles through opening challenge
Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams battles through opening challenge
Serena Williams practicing on court during training for the Wimbledon Championships
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06 July, 2018, 23:20
Some of that big-match experience was on display as the 27-year-old recovered from an early break down in the first set and led Williams 3-1 in the second set before the American flipped the script in fine fashion, winning the final five games of the match to book a second round clash with Viktoria Tomova, who outlasted wildcard Tereza Smitkova in straight sets.
Williams has won 15 matches in a row at Wimbledon, a streak that encompasses titles in 2015 and 2016, although Williams said that hadnt occurred to her until a reporter mentioned it.
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Neither a tumble on Court One's manicured lawn nor falling a break behind in the second set caused much alarm.
Apart from adjusting to her role "as a working mom", the seven-time champion also had to get used to hearing something "new" as she was addressed as "Mrs Williams" for the first time at the grasscourt major following her marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian past year.
"I have such high expectations of myself, " Williams said after picking up a victory in her first match at the All England Club in two years.
Her long-sleeve, flounce-skirt tennis dress femininely contrasted with white court shoes by the Swoosh and thick above-the-ankle socks. Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally.
"I'm very happy, I felt good from the start too which was nice and that was not the case previous year against him. 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". 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.
Serena Williams practises on the grass court at Wimbledon, ahead of the start of the 2018 tournament. "I'm very excited to see her attempting an awesome comeback, this time with a baby". "I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn't get a seed".
"I'm happy she chose to take that route and not walk away from the game, which would have been totally fine". 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 do know I'm always tested, I'm always getting tested, all the time".
Monday's outing was only her eighth match since giving birth and according to the WTA rankings, she is only the 181st best player in the world.
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