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Look Federer breezes into Wimbledon second round

Look Federer breezes into Wimbledon second round

Serena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir at the French Open for a more conservative look as she marked her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mother with a 7-5 6-3 first-round win over Arantxa Rus.

This is only Williams second major tournament in almost 1½ years.

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 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".

Williams has been around tennis long enough to know the danger doping presents to its integrity.

Serena Williams battled wind, the heat and, most of all, her critics to win her first match at Wimbledon since giving birth. Although WTA rules allow women who miss time because of a pregnancy to enter events based on their pre-absence ranking, there is no guarantee of a seeding.

"It will be impossible for me not to feel some kind of way about that".

Rus is ranked No. 105. 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".

Six-time champion Venus Williams overcame a scare to beat Swede Johanna Larsson.

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

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The 38-year-old American, the oldest woman in the draw, reached the 2017 final where she was beaten by Garbine Muguruza.

In the women's event, there were wins for Czech seventh seed Karolína Pliskova who defeated Britain's Harriet Dart 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-1 and 10th seeded American Madison Keys, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. Fellow American Madison Brengle also came away with a win.

Wozniacki arrives at Wimbledon on the back of victory at the Nature Valley International and opened her campaign with a 6-0 6-3 demolition of Varvara Lepchenko.

Also drawing attention was eight-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer's new clothing sponsorship, during his easy-as-can-be victory at Centre Court.

The second-seeded Dane has never been past the round of 16 at the All England Club but showed good form on grass by winning her second title on the surface at Eastbourne last week.

In the tiebreaker, Vandeweghe was running forward to chase a short ball when her feet slipped out from under her. "I've been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition". Not that shes unique: Other mothers who won Monday included 57th-ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany, who beat Svitolina 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1; former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open titlist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.

Seven-time champion Williams, the 25th seed after having a baby in September, did not have it all her own way against the left-hander's formidable forehand.

Williams, looking to move within one title of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of nine Wimbledon titles, fired 23 winners past Rus.


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