Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

‘Surprised’ Serena thanks Wimbledon for seeding boost

‘Surprised’ Serena thanks Wimbledon for seeding boost

Williams returns to Wimbledon for her first time since 2016 having missed last year's tournament as she was pregnant with her first child.

Williams said she had asked USADA for an explanation as to why she was being tested so regularly.

Nonetheless, three-time Wimbledon champion Chris Evert gives Williams as much chance as any woman in a wide-open field that earlier Monday lost its No. 4 seed, American Sloane Stephens, in a shocking first-round exit.

Venus Williams, a five-time champion and runner-up past year, made the next round with a 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

"If it's the shorter days, now that I'm not playing doubles in this event, I have the day off, I think that will help".

Williams ' possible fourth-round opponent, 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys, made one quarterfinal appearance, while the 36-year-old American 's potential quarterfinal foe, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, has never been beyond the fourth round.

Deadspin reported the testing officer had arrived at Williams' home at 8.30 a.m. local time, and had refused to leave until Williams had been tested.

As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss.

Nothing feels as significant in tennis today, though, as what Williams does - because of what she's accomplished in the past and because of what she's trying to accomplish in the present, with a baby in tow. "As long as he's here, I'm going to try to be here".

"You know, I'm here to do the best that I can do".

She said she went vegan - "Not French fry-eating vegan" - and didn't eat any sugar, but still struggled to get to the weight she should have been at even if she wasn't following that specific diet. "I don't go out there expecting to "do well" or 'see what happens.' That's just not me". I'm totally okay with testing and I encourage it.

"It's insane. It's just such great memories that I have here, which is why I wanted to bring Olympia here". I do know I'm always getting tested all the time, no matter where I'm ranked.

The easy explanation for that could be that cycling and athletics are higher-risk sports for doping so warrant more testing, but that theory crumbles when you consider the physical demands on modern tennis players, then weigh up the risk-reward ratio for those considering a move to the dark side.

Drug testers can make unannounced visits outside of that one-hour window, but if the athlete is not available they will not receive a "missed test" designation. "It's very convenient. If he's bored at home, he probably just says, 'Let me check in on Roger to see if he's having a good time.' Anyway, it's only going to take 10 minutes, whatever", Federer said. "Just test everyone equally". "I thought it was very, very noble and honest and cool".

Later Monday, Serena Williams tackles Dutch outsider Arantxa Rus on Court One. She ultimately did not take the test, and later complained to the Women's Tennis Association that she felt she was being unfairly targeted. "Maybe that's the part I don't like so much - the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said.

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