Serena Williams says it's unfair she's drug-tested more

Doug Mendoza
July 6, 2018

Williams, like Federer, 36-years-old but chasing a 24th Slam title, enjoyed a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 victory over Holland's Arantxa Rus.

Williams, who received a 25th seeding here at Wimbledon, said physically she has been fine, balancing decisions along the way during her comeback from giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, back in September 2017.

A United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) database shows Williams has been subjected to five tests so far this year.

On her social-media platforms and in interviews these past months, Williams has spoken frankly about the medical complications she suffered during childbirth and the changes to her body afterward.

Caroline Wozniacki needed less than an hour to claim her first win of the grand slam, but last year's semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova bowed out.

The first match of the fortnight on Centre Court is reserved for the previous year's male champion, so for the eighth time, Roger Federer will be the first player to set foot on the most hallowed patch of grass in tennis.

Deadspin also reported on an unusual-sounding situation in which a USADA collector apparently refused to leave after showing up at Williams's residence on June 14 at a time she wasn't expecting.

As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss. "You know, I nearly want to feel the need to go out there and be the best that I can be".

In the women's singles, Spanish defending champion Garbine Muguruza will kick off her quest for a second Wimbledon title against Naomi Broady of the United Kingdom.

"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. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I'm being pushed out. "I'm totally OK with testing and I encourage it".

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But everything else was familiar for the Swiss star who cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes. "But I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure".

"She played unbelievable today, I've never seen her play like that before".

The sport has evolved to one where fitness is more important than finesse, where power is quickly playing catch-up with precision, where endurance is so important than, deep in a five-set slugfest, a commentator will ask without a hint of self-awareness or scepticism, "where do they get the energy from?"

"It's just about being equal and not centering one person out".

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

"I do know Wimbledon tends to kind of beat to their own drum".

On the men's side, well, American tennis has been less than impressive for more than a decade. "Just test everyone equally".

Serena Williams is pushing back against unfair and unequal drug testing. "I thought it was very, very noble and honest and cool". I don't go out there expecting to do well, see what happens.

"Maybe that's the part I don't like so much, the inconsistency of the places where they test".

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