Serena makes winning return to Wimbledon

After winning the first set when Rus sent a forehand long, she had to fight back from a break down in the second.

Williams attended the Duchess of Sussex's wedding to Prince Harry in May, and the pair were together again at a polo event on Saturday - Williams delaying her Wimbledon media duties.

Also getting their campaigns under way on Monday are five-time women's champion Venus Williams against Johanna Larsson.

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 previous year. 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.

"It's a great feeling to be back, it's been a couple of years since I played on grass, so it is hard trying to find the rhythm".

The 36-year-old is one of the most accomplished female tennis players of all-time, winning 23 Grand Slam titles including seven at Wimbledon. Maybe that's the part I don't like so much: "the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said, adding that more funding is needed for doping control.

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 don't believe there's ever going to be enough testing", Federer said.

But everything else was familiar for the Swiss star who cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes.

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Having endured complications from her daughter's birth, Serena was playing only her second Grand Slam this year. "I just found it quite interesting". She will play either Viktoriya Tomova or Tereza Smitkova on Wednesday. I expected to win this match.

“The tougher balance, for me, is to be able to spend time away from my son and be OK with taking, sometimes, time for myself, which is a struggle sometimes, because I really want to spend every second with him, ” said Azarenka, who faces No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova next. "I didn't serve, actually, 'til I got here, to be honest".

"I am happy to get through that", Williams later said in comments carried by the AFP news agency.

Williams came back from a set down to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-1. It also is not unusual for athletes who have taken long breaks to be subject to additional testing because of natural physiological changes that might have occurred during the time off.

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

Rus was looking for her first major main draw victory since 2012, when she pulled off one of her two signature upsets over then-World No.5 and reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

"They know that there is a trophy involved at some point if I do play well, because they get most excited about the trophies".

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.

Last year's semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova also exited, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

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