Serena starts against Rus, Halep & Kvitova on collision course


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. If that's testing everyone five times, let's do it. Let's be a part of it. Muguruza, who also reached the Wimbledon final in 2015, dropped just one set in seven matches at the All England Club en route to her second Grand Slam title past year. Anyone would logically think about that, and I would otherwise have to be home 24 hours a day, or I get a missed test.

"Over her 23-year career in tennis, Serena Williams has never tested positive for any illegal substance despite being tested significantly more than other professional tennis players, both male and female - in fact, four times more frequently than her peers", the statement reads. "In the future I'll be able to play a little bit better". On June 14, an unannounced USADA officer arrived at Williams' residence for a drug test at 8:30 a.m. when she wasn't home, Deadspin reported.

Serena Williams has made it clear that she is excited to compete at Wimbledon, using her Twitter account for the past week to count down the days until Monday, when the tournament begins.

Nothing feels as significant in tennis today, though, as what Williams does - because of what she's accomplished in the past and because of what she's trying to accomplish in the present, with a baby in tow. I expect to go out there.

The victor of a record 23 grand slam singles titles in the open era, the big question is whether she can equal and ultimately surpass Margaret Court's all-time record of 24.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, has been slumping for more than a year and is +650 to win his fourth Wimbledon title. And if I'm not there, then they just leave.

French Open chiefs decided against seeding Williams, but Wimbledon officials placed her 25th despite a low ranking of 181 after her maternity absence. "For me, it was mostly just about the serve". I thought, you know, 'Hey, I have this incredible child, I have all these grand slams, this is all super bonus, ' and it is.

Tennis players can be tested by more than one agency, too.

After just 20 minutes to complete the first set, Federer went on to fire 35 winners past Lajovic, breaking serve five times, setting up a second round encounter against either Lukas Lacko of Slovakia or French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi.

She added: "It's just about being equal and not centring one person out". "I was like, 'I haven't seen Olympia.' Like, 'What am I doing?' ..."

"I feel a lot less pressure out there, but I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure".

Not really, she said with a slight laugh, confessing that it still didn't register that she was married, given all that had happened in the past 12 months. "I think it's very noble and cool". Elsewise, we could have had a possible showdown between Williams and world number one Simona Halep in the opening round.

"Not only do I expect to win", she said Monday after picking up a victory in her first match at the All England Club in two years, "I expect to win emphatically".