Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

Tatjana Maria celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the final of the Mallorca Open

Wimbledon -- women's first-round matches

"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.

Williams is bidding to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams at the end of the fortnight, nine months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

The 36-year-old American next faces either Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova or Czech wild card Tereza Smitkova.

And the former world No 1 did not even realise the difference in the umpire calling her Mrs Williams. Slovakian world No. 32 Dominika Cibulkova was bumped from the seeding group as a result and complained bitterly in advance of the decision.

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Back in 2011, there was the weird situation of Williams hiding in her panic room when testers arrived at her LA mansion, dialling 911 as she believed them to be intruders. And the 23-time major singles victor admitted that she could have no complaints.

"I don't think I ever actually lost that competitive side".

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"I played all the tournaments on grass, I really enjoy playing on it and it helped me".

"I was pleasantly surprised", Williams said.

'I despise having people in our sport that aren't being honest.

Despite her French Open triumph, Halep has a reputation for succumbing to pressure during big matches. She lost her footing and tumbled at one point.

Her relentless fighting spirit along with her imposing presence, powerful shots and match control make her hard to beat.

Williams was not the most mobile from the baseline but she was able to dominate from deep, her power enabling her to dictate most of the rallies - the deep forehand cross-court a particularly productive weapon. When she returned to the tour in March, her ranking was 183rd.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza begins her title defence against local favourite Naomi Broady tomorrow.

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For Stephens, fresh from making the French Open final last month, it was her second successive first round loss at the tournament.

"That won't happen again", she vowed.

Williams made her much anticipated return to Grand Slam tennis at Roland Garros in May after pregnancy. I'm happy to get through because I didn't play my best.

She was asked about the issue because of a recent report by Deadspin that said Williams had been checked five times in 2018 by June, more than other USA women and men in the sport.

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

Sunday brought the withdrawal of two-time Wimbledon titlist Andy Murray, who had hip surgery in January.

"Maybe if I play a little bit better in the beginning, it could be a little bit different".

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