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French Open- Roland Garros

French Open- Roland Garros

Williams offered extensive comments on the topic after being asked about a Deadspin article published earlier in the week, which reported that she had been tested five times so far this year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

If that decision went down badly with the world number 32 Dominika Cibulková, who was bumped from the seeds as a result, it made flawless sense to the likes of John McEnroe who said he would probably rank her in the top 10 and at 16 at worst. I just wasn't quite used to that level of wind.

While she admits her return to competitive action has not been easy, she has been practicing hard on the grass and few would bet against her becoming the first mother to win the title since Evonne Cawley 38 years ago.

Williams, who gave birth to her daughter in September, won the last of her crowns at SW19 in 2016, which was also the last time she competed in south London.

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She is back at Wimbledon for the first time as a mom, but Serena Williams was in no mood for nurturing as she blasted her way into the second round.

"I am happy to get through that", she said following the match.

She has a duty to her sport, to the anti-doping fight, to welcome drug testers wherever, whenever they feel like checking that she's doing things the right way. I really don't like being away from her, " Williams said.

Some of that big-match experience was on display as the 27-year-old recovered from an early break down in the first set and led Williams 3-1 in the second set before the American flipped the script in fine fashion, winning the final five games of the match to book a second round clash with Viktoria Tomova, who outlasted wildcard Tereza Smitkova in straight sets. I've been to the other Grand Slam, but I never actually brought her on-site. I'm totally okay with testing and I encourage it. "Now that I'm not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help". On the other hand, I didn't go there because I'd played a lot on clay. "I feel like equality, that's all I've been preaching, it's all about equality", Williams continued. She's not opposed to drug testing, but said: "Just test everyone equally". I definitely feel a lot less pressure out there, but I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure. If that's testing everyone five times, let's do it. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I'm being pushed out. "Maybe that's the part I don't like so much - the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said. Then it's OK; but I understand the frustration sometimes. To honest, in the 15 years I've been there, it's been one test.

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