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Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

But before the umpire could declare "Game, set and match Mrs Williams", the 36-year-old produced 29 unforced errors and needed six match points to finish off her 105th-ranked Dutch opponent.

In women's play, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens became the first contender to go out as she lost 6-1, 6-3 to Donna Vekic of Croatia. Now that Im not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help.”.

She appreciates the All England Club's decision to seed her as she prepares to return to action at Wimbledon on Monday for the first time as a mother.

Eight-time champion Roger Federer and seven-time victor Serena Williams shrugged off 30-degree heat to breeze into the Wimbledon second round Monday.

Williams figures to garner plenty of attention however long she remains in the field after sitting out Wimbledon past year while pregnant.

"Looking back I'm glad I had that win".

She is competing in her second grand slam since giving birth, having reached the fourth round of the French Open before withdrawing with a pectoral injury ahead of a match against old rival Maria Sharapova.

"You know, it still doesn't register that I'm married actually", she added.

Serena Williams has shared inspiring words following her first-round Wimbledon win overnight - her first since becoming a mum a year ago.

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. Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I'm being pushed out.

The world No.2 is enjoying a renaissance as he chases a 21st grand slam title and a record-extending ninth Wimbledon, 15 years after his first. I tried to go out there and be aggressive, I was struggling with my serve, it was windy, so I am happy to get through.

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.

Karolina Pliskova had a battle on her hands to get past British hopeful Harriet Dart. "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". "I got the early break in each set and then was able to bring it home".

She took the first set with a well-timed break at 6-5, with Rus serving to take it to a tie-break.

"I think coming up, the US Open, very special moment for an American to win a US Open".

"I thought preparation was good", she said. "I've been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition".

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka came through in straight sets, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, against Ekaterina Alexandrova while 2015 quarter-finalist Madison Keys eased past Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 6-2 in 63 minutes.

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.