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. And then, a five-game run and 25 minutes later, Williams had completed the 7-5, 6-3 result. "I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn't get a seed".
Nothing feels as significant in tennis today, though, as what Williams does because of what shes accomplished in the past and because of what shes trying to accomplish in the present, with a baby in tow. "I think it just speaks to who I am as an athlete and who Serena is".
Williams, who missed Wimbledon past year to prepare for the birth of her first child, will play Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova or Czech wild card Tereza Smitkova in the second round.
One thing's clear, Williams said: She will be as hungry to win as ever in the fourth tournament of her comeback.
Although Williams did not comment on her legwear, it could very well have served a goal. Monday's contest on Court 1 against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands will be Williams' first since pulling out of the French Open with a hurt chest muscle before a fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.
Rus rolled her eyes at that notion after the match, saying: I mean, she doesnt start a tournament if shes not prepared.. The agency staffer reportedly left eventually without getting a sample from Williams, but Horn told the website that she nevertheless "is in good standing with our program". "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 the American players - both male and female". "Massive challenge for her, but I'm sure one she's up for".
Almost, Rus lamented later, like a double-break..
Deadspin also reported on an unusual-sounding situation in which a USADA collector apparently refused to leave after showing up at Williams's residence on June 14 at a time she wasn't expecting.
Opening the 2018 Wimbledon Championships on Centre Court, men's top seed and defending champion Roger Federer wasted little energy in dispatching Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 6-4 in 79 minutes. I was like, I havent seen Olympia.
"I'm totally OK with testing and I encourage it", Williams said. Like, What am I doing?. "Anyone would logically think about that, and I would otherwise have to be home 24 hours a day, or I get a missed test".
It might take time to figure out how to balance her job with her career, just like for many a parent. We, like, literally do everything.
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".
Her long-sleeve, flounce-skirt tennis dress femininely contrasted with white court shoes by the Swoosh and thick above-the-ankle socks.