Serena Williams back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

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

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

I let go of it and move on.

Nothing feels as significant in tennis today, though, as what Williams does — because of what shes accomplished in the past and because of what shes trying to accomplish in the present, with a baby in tow.

But everything else was familiar for the 36-year-old eight-time champion as the Swiss cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes.

Williams, who missed Wimbledon previous year to prepare for the birth of her first child, will play Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova or Czech wild card Tereza Smitkova in the second round. "If that's testing everyone five times, let's do it. Let's be a part of it".

This is only Williams' second major tournament in almost 1 1/2 years.

Although Williams did not comment on her legwear, it could very well have served a objective.

Having been forced to withdraw from Roland Garros before her scheduled match against Maria Sharapova, it was an encouraging start to her Wimbledon campaign.

Rus rolled her eyes at that notion after the match, saying: “I mean, she doesnt start a tournament if shes not prepared.”.

“Serving good, ” Rus observed.

"For me it's just being able to get by, reinvest it into my tennis". She lost her footing and tumbled at one point.

The American was dumped out by Croatian Donna Vekic 6-1 6-3 in what was her first match since the French Open final last month - the highest casualty of the opening day.

An immediate break for the 25th seed appeared to signal a comfortable progression, however Rus was not downbeat and battled back to level straight away.

Williams came back to hold there and wouldnt drop another game the rest of the way, dealing better with the wind that whipped this way and that at No. 1 Court and marking terrific passing shots with those customary cries of “Come on!”.

There was something old, something new and something blue on show on Monday as Serena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir in Paris for a more conservative look on her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mum.

Monday's other Centre Court matches see Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki face Varvara Lepchenko of the United States while Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014, faces three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka.

"I was pleasantly surprised", Williams said. I've never seen her play like that, but that's the game. Like, ‘What am I doing?. I clearly didn't think about it.

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

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 US women and men in the sport.

It might take time to figure out how to balance her job with her career, just like for many a parent.

At its peak, her game is as peerless as it is powerful: shotgun serve, thunderous groundstrokes, coupled with a methodical tennis mind and one of the most wrought-iron wills in world sport.

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