Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Serena Williams makes STUNNING Roger Federer retirement claim

Serena Williams makes STUNNING Roger Federer retirement claim

The umpire at the net with Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on Monday.

The joys of being a mum haven't dulled Serena's fierce competitive instincts and, aiming to add to her haul of 23 major titles, she started her latest Wimbledon campaign with a 7-5 6-3 win over Holland's Arantxa Rus yesterday.

It was the American's first match at the All England Club since lifting the 2016 title.

Federer sported tennis kit made by a new manufacturer after recently signing what is reported to be a 10-year, $30 million a year deal with Uniqlo. "Well, I won't think about it, I'll just be out there, yeah".

It was the second successive year that Federer had knocked out the Serb at Wimbledon.

"I'm very happy, I felt good from the start too which was nice and that was not the case past year against him". "You just think about what I did wrong, what I can improve, what I'm going to do next".

Having endured complications from her daughter's birth, Serena was playing only her second Grand Slam this year.

Victory was sealed on a fifth match point and next faces Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova.

"In fact, I feel like it's stronger, because I've been through so much", she said.

US Open champion and fourth seed Sloane Stephens became the tournament's first big name casualty when she slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Croatia's world 55 Donna Vekic.

Having backed up her 2017 US Open triumph by reaching the French Open final last month, Stephens was considered a title hopeful.

The girl had held up a sign saying, "Can I have your headband pleeease!", and a post-match interviewer pointed out that Federer could expect more requests in coming matches after fulfilling her wishes.

"It is standard practice on many testing missions to obtain both urine and blood samples, resulting in multiple samples from a single testing mission", Horn said.

The 2014 semi-finalist was stunned by three-time Slam victor Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

Wawrinka's ranking has plummeted to 224th as he continues to rediscover his form and fitness after knee surgery previous year.

This is only Williams second major tournament in almost 1½ years. "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well, I'm doing great".

Elina Svitolina, seeded fifth, was upset by Tatjana Maria in three sets.

Third seed Cilic enjoyed a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.

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.

Williams's sister Serena is set to make her return to Wimbledon later on Monday after missing last year's tournament due to her pregnancy.

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.

Magdalena Rybarikova was the first seed to lose on day one, the 19th ranked player beaten 7-5 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea, while 22nd seed Anastasija Sevastova was ousted 6-1 2-6 6-4 by Camila Giorgi.

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