Serena Williams back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

Serena Williams is hoping the grass of SW19 will once more prove a happy hunting ground as she returns to action at Wimbledon on Monday for the first time since becoming a mother.

However, the 23-times Grand Slam champion is considered by many - including herself - as the woman to beat at these championships.

The fourth-seeded Stephens produced an error-strewn display on No. 1 Court as she exited in the opening round for a second consecutive year.

"I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else", the seven-time Wimbledon champion said. I don't believe there's ever going to be enough testing.

A berth in the semi-finals could mean a match-up against 12th-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic, a three-time champion; big-hitting Australian Nick Kyrgios; or third-ranked German Alexander Zverev.

"It would be impossible for me to not feel some kind of way about that", said Williams, 36.

Earlier this year, she was asked about her use of a corticosteroid at the 2015 French Open, which did not break any rules as she obtained a backdated Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), and her response to the query was indignation.

At a pre-tournament press conference on Sunday, she said that, far from being a hindrance, motherhood had been a boost to her competitive instinct.

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The 32-year-old two-time champion, who has not reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals since 2011, has several potentially unsafe rivals in his section of the draw.

She outlasted Rus in another trade-off as the Dutchwoman fired long to concede the first set advantage. I definitely feel a lot less pressure out there, but I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure.

Williams came back to hold there and wouldn't 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!"

Five-time champion Venus Williams advanced to the second round with a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-1 victory over Johanna Larsson.

The Williams siblings aren't playing doubles in this tournament, the way they did at Roland Garros, and that's a good thing for Mum: It gives her more time with her child.

"How is it I'm getting tested five times?". I was exhausted at the beginning of the week because of the nine matches I played in 12 days in Stuttgart and Halle.

"I actually thought the article was interesting. It's really just about learning that balance for me still".

Adding support to Williams' play were the kinesiology tapes wrapped around each ankle, which she normally has braced before each match. We, like, literally do everything. I'm definitely going to try to YouTube that!

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