This is only Williams' second major tournament in almost 1 1/2 years.
"It was really windy for me today".
Her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion and 2017 finalist Venus, had far more trouble across the grounds at No. 2 Court, slipping to the turf a couple of times and barely moving on with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who dropped to 0-8 at the All England Club.
A few weeks earlier, Williams had taken to Twitter to vent her frustrations: "And.... just like that anti doping is here ...again... second time this week".
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..
"[Maybe] if I keep winning!"
US Open champion and fourth seed Sloane Stephens became the tournament's first big name casualty when she slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Croatia's world 55 Donna Vekic.
She even referred to herself in the third person.
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 just wasn't quite used to that level of wind. "I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn't get a seed".
"I think coming up, the US Open, very special moment for an American to win a US Open. It was a little bit in the back of my mind, that I would have a chance". "I feel like equality, that's all I've been preaching, it's all about equality", Williams continued.
But there seemed to be just as much commentary about what Williams was wearing as her killer serves.
Now that she's "Mrs. Williams", per the Wimbledon chair umpire, now that she's a mother, now that she is back on tour, Serena Williams is ready to rediscover her full complement of shots and full ability to dominate.
"Right now I think Eastbourne [has boosted my confidence]".
"I actually thought the article was interesting, to be honest, because I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else", said Williams, who is in search of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well, I'm doing great. I thought, "Hey, I have this incredible child, I have all these Grand Slams, this is all super bonus", and it is". Pliskova ousted Harriet Dart earlier Monday.
But the realities of sustaining a tennis career means she will not be splashing the cash in a hurry. "I'm very excited to see her attempting an awesome comeback, this time with a baby". "Week-to-week I have my travel, my flights, my food, my accommodation". "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".
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