Serena makes winning return to Wimbledon

The American, seeded 25th who made a comeback in March after taking a 14-month long matrimonial break to give birth to a baby in September, needed six match points before finally sealing the victory when world number 105 Rus netted a backhand.

Last year, Williams earned $27million between prize money and endorsements, more than twice that of any other sportswoman.

"I think probably it would be helpful a few more years for the boys to really remember".

Sloane Stephens of the United States sits in her chair after losing a set to Donna Vekic of Croatia during the Womens Singles first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday.

Day 1 at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament featured some mild surprises, such as U.S. Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens' third first-round exit in the past five majors, and losses by No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov (to three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka).

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 also think its 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. I thought, 'Wow. I literally didn't know that'.

She took time out from the game ahead of giving birth, subsequently missing the 2017 tournament.

The Ukrainian would have been hoping to make a real challenge for her maiden grand slam, but lost 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-1. "I remember I struggled early on a lot", said Federer who hardly broke sweat in Monday's 30-degree hothouse.

It was at Wimbledon two years ago that Williams last one a grand slam. "I didn't serve, actually, 'til I got here, to be honest".

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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. "I didn't play my best but I'll get there", Williams said soon after walking off court.

On this evidence she will be feared by the top seeds, with second seed Caroline Wozniacki her likely quarter-final opponent.

Karolina Pliskova had a battle on her hands to get past British hopeful Harriet Dart.

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 do know Wimbledon tends to kind of beat to their own drum.

"I think coming up, the US Open, very special moment for an American to win a US Open". "But I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure".

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

Three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka returned to the All England Club in style, ousting sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 1-6 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) 6-4.

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.

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