Serena Williams has started her Wimbledon campaign with a straight-set win against 105th-ranked Dutch, Arantxa Rus.
The Court One game saw the seven-time Wimbledon winner make a shaky start as she was down by the break in the second set. But then, Williams managed to recover and finish the first-round tie with a 7-5, 6-3 victory.
It is worth noting that this is the first Wimbledon game for the former number one, who has not taken part in the All England Club Tennis Club tournament, since 2016, due to a maternity leave.
After winning Monday’s Round-128 game, the 23 Grand Slam Singles winner said that her expectations are not to simply win games, but to win them “emphatically”
In Court Two, Venus Williams was up against Johanna Larsson and had to rely on a two-set comeback to see off the 29-year-old Swedish player, after losing the first set by six games to seven. The Wimbledon 2017 finalist recovered in time to finish the game with 6-2 and 6-1 sets.
It is worth noting that the Williams siblings are not participating in this tournament’s doubles category due to Serena’s family commitments with her 10-month-old baby girl.
Referring back to her doubles-entry in Roland-Garros 2018, Serena said: “I felt guilty… I haven’t seen Olympia.” And added that having the day off may help in finding the balance between her job and family life.