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Tennis - 02. July 2018.

Serena through while Stephens and Svitolina out

Serena Williams is willing on the pressure. She said she almost wanted it.

At 36, now a mother to daughter Olympia, and with 23 Grand Slam singles trophies to her name, motivation to win, understandably, might be getting a little harder to come by these days.

Williams admitted she has felt less pressure on court since her comeback from maternity leave. Life was good now and after the complications she endured giving birth, she had gained a whole new perspective.

Just one Slam title shy of Margaret Court’s record, however, there is still motivation at play to add a bullet point to that pages-long CV.

Only a day out from her first match at the All England Club since she claimed her seventh Wimbledon title in 2016, Williams tweeted: “In this moment, 22 was the greatest feeling, but ultimately getting to 23 was even better. Never let anyone put a limit on how far you can go.”

Sloane Stephens was unusually late to arrive to the grass court season, and unexpectedly early to depart her first Wimbledon as a reigning Grand Slam champion. The US Open winner was beaten 6-1, 6-3 by world No.55 Donna Vekic, as the Croat recorded her first career victory over a member of the top five.

In her first match since losing the Roland-Garros final to Simona Halep, No.4 seed Stephens continued her undulating form at major level, alternating finals with first round defeats at the Australian Open and now at The Championships, as well.

 

Evgeniya Rodina RUS 3 7 6
Antonia Lottner GER 6 5 4

End Karolina Pliskova (7) CZE 7 (7) 2 6
Harriet Dart GBR 6 (2) 6 1

End Magdalena Rybarikova (19) SVK 5 3 -
Sorana Cirstea ROU 7 6 -

End Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6 1 6
Kristyna Pliskova CZE 4 6 2

End Mona Barthel GER 5 4 -
Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7 6 -

End Shuai Zhang (31) CHN 4 6 2
Andrea Petkovic GER 6 4 6

End Donna Vekic CRO 6 6 -
Sloane Stephens (4) USA 1 3 -

End Camila Giorgi ITA 6 2 6
Anastasija Sevastova (21) LAT 1 6 4

End Ajla Tomljanovic AUS 4 2 -
Madison Keys (10) USA 6 6 -

End Petra Martic CRO 6 (0) 6 3
Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7 (7) 2 6

End Luksika Kumkhum THA 4 6 6
Bernarda Pera USA 6 2 3

End Johanna Larsson SWE 7 (7) 2 1
Venus Williams (9) USA 6 (3) 6 6

End Ekaterina Alexandrova RUS 6 (4) 3 -
Victoria Azarenka BLR 7 (7) 6 -

End Viktoria Kuzmova SVK 6 (3) 6 (9) -
Rebecca Peterson SWE 7 (7) 7 (11) -

End Varvara Lepchenko USA 0 3 -
Caroline Wozniacki (2) DEN 6 6 -

End Kiki Bertens (20) NED 6 6 -
Barbora Stefkova CZE 3 2 -

End Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6 3 3
Madison Brengle USA 2 6 6

End Yafan Wang CHN 7 (7) 4 4
Anna Blinkova RUS 6 (4) 6 6

End Arantxa Rus NED 5 3 -
Serena Williams (25) USA 7 6 -

End Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 2 2 -
Katie Swan GBR 6 6 -

End Anna Schmiedlova SVK 7 2 2
Kristina Mladenovic FRA 5 6 6

End Coco Vandeweghe (16) USA 7 (7) 3 6
Katerina Siniakova CZE 6 (3) 6 8

End Lesia Tsurenko UKR 7 6 -
Timea Babos HUN 5 2 -

End Agnieszka Radwanska (32) POL 6 4 7
Elena-Gabriela Ruse ROU 3 6 5

End Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6 (6) 5 -
Barbora Strycova (23) CZE 7 (8) 7 -

End Tereza Smitkova CZE 6 (3) 1 -
Viktoriya Tomova BUL 7 (7) 6 -

End Julia Goerges (13) GER 6 7 (9) -
Monica Puig PUR 4 6 (7) -

End Viktorija Golubic SUI 6 3 3
Ons Jabeur TUN 2 6 6

End Elina Svitolina (5) UKR 6 (3) 6 1
Tatjana Maria GER 7 (7) 4 6

End Aryna Sabalenka BLR 7 (7) 1 4
Mihaela Buzarnescu (29) ROU 6 (3) 6 6

End Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 4 4 -
Lucie Safarova CZE 6 6 -

 

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