Serena Williams beats Arantxa Rus to reach Wimbledon second round

That amount was higher, per Deadspin, than for other top American women, including reigning U.S. Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens, as well as for her sister Venus Williams and for the top five male American players.

Last year, Williams earned $27million between prize money and endorsements, more than twice that of any other sportswoman. "Now that I'm not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help".

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, there were a few signs of rust against Rus and Serena was pleased to get her first Wimbledon match as a mother out of the way.

Williams came back from a set down to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-1. I expect to go out there. Monday's contest on Court 1 against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands will be Williams' first since pulling out of the French Open with a hurt chest muscle before a fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.

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

No one knows exactly what to expect on the court from Williams, the 36-year-old American who owns seven Wimbledon titles and 23 Grand Slam singles championships overall but has played a total of seven matches in the last 17 months. "I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure that I'm prepared, in the best shape possible, hopefully playing some good tennis by the time the US Open comes around". "I really don't like being away from her", Williams said. "I remember I struggled early on a lot", said Federer. So I'm just not used to that yet.

After just 20 minutes to complete the first set, Federer went on to fire 35 winners past Lajovic, breaking serve five times, setting up a second round encounter against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.

The world No.2 is enjoying a renaissance as he chases a 21st grand slam title and a record-extending ninth Wimbledon, 15 years after his first.

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 expected to win this match.

"I am happy to get through that", Williams later said in comments carried by the AFP news agency. I didn't serve at all.

Caroline Wozniacki safely navigated her way past Varvara Lepchenko, winning 6-0 6-3, just 48 hours after claiming the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

Karolina Pliskova had a battle on her hands to get past British hopeful Harriet Dart.

"And I haven't played in wind in a really long time".

Rus was looking for her first major main draw victory since 2012, when she pulled off one of her two signature upsets over then-World No.5 and reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

"I managed to find a little bit of my rhythm in the third set".

However, 2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova lost 7-5, 6-3 to Sorana Cirstea.

In the women's event, there were wins for Czech seventh seed Karolína Pliskova who defeated Britain's Harriet Dart 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-1 and 10th seeded American Madison Keys, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.

  • Stacy Allen