Serena Williams makes STUNNING Roger Federer retirement claim

Serena Williams makes STUNNING Roger Federer retirement claim

Both Williams and Rodger Federer won their first-round Wimbledon matches overnight, with the new mum taking out her round in just two sets. "Now that I'm not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help".

Rus played her part in a competitive first-round clash with some sweet forehands down the line, however Williams would not be denied as she powered to a 7-5 6-3 victory.

And the seven-time champion has not ruled out her friend paying a visit to SW19, but she knows she needs to keep winning to do that.

Last year's runner-up Marin Cilic also advanced easily with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka. So she does get super excited when I come back in. 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. "I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months".

As she returns to tennis following the birth of her daughter, she is priced up at second favourite to win this year's Wimbledon title despite being ranked just 183rd in the world, a testament to her astonishing ability.

That heavy schedule also meant she spent less time with Olympia, which she found tough.

"I'm happy she chose to take that route and not walk away from the game, which would have been totally fine". Literally verbatim I said: 'I'm going with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally. "I just won that a couple of days ago", the Australian Open champion said.

Williams, looking to move within one title of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of nine Wimbledon titles, fired 23 winners past Rus. "I nearly want to feel the need to go out there and be the best that I can be".

Williams faces Tereza Smitkova or Viktoriya Tomova next.

"I'll have to think about it next time". "I didn't serve, actually, 'til I got here, to be honest".

"I thought preparation was good", she said.

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. "I got the early break in each set and then was able to bring it home". 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.

Magdalena Rybarikova was the first seed to lose as she was beaten 7-5 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea while 22nd seed Anastasija Sevastova was ousted 6-1 2-6 6-4 by Camila Giorgi. She slid feet-first into the net and stayed down for a bit before being checked on, but she continued to play.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka came through in straight sets 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.

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