Wimbledon 2018 - Serena Williams decries frequency of drug tests

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Before her match Serena talked about drug testing and how she realized that she gets tested much more than other players.

Williams will take on Arantxa Rus of Holland in the first round on Monday.

'I've been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition. "As long as he's here, I'm going to try to be here".

Last year, Williams earned $27million between prize money and endorsements, more than twice that of any other sportswoman.

Serena Williams has shared inspiring words following her first-round Wimbledon win overnight - her first since becoming a mum past year.

Her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion and 2017 finalist Venus, had far more trouble across the grounds at No 2 Court, slipping to the turf a couple of times and barely moving on with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who dropped to 0-8 at the All England Club.

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

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"I didn't play my best but I'll get there".

"I felt guilty, " Williams said about her time in Paris. So I was very happy.

Some of that big-match experience was on display as the 27-year-old recovered from an early break down in the first set and led Williams 3-1 in the second set before the American flipped the script in fine fashion, winning the final five games of the match to book a second round clash with Viktoria Tomova, who outlasted wildcard Tereza Smitkova in straight sets. "I am not here to play the tournament; I am here to try to have a good result", the 32-year-old said, adamant that he can put behind him a string of more recent disappointments in London SW19. I think it's very noble and cool'.

U.S. cyclist Taylor Phinney has been tested 90 times by USADA; distance runner Molly Huddle has been tested 74 times, while athlete Galen Rupp has been tested 167 times. What I want to know, if everyone is getting tested, that we are really working to keep this sport clean.

But, calling for equal treatment, the 23-time Grand Slam victor said: "I had a conversation with the lead guy with USADA".

Another tennis titan, Roger Federer, chimed in as well Sunday, expressing concern about "the inconsistency of the places where they test", including his residences in Switzerland and Dubai.

She added: "It's just about being equal and not centring one person out". That's why I think after all we still need more funding. Then it's okay. But I understand the frustration sometimes. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I'm being pushed out. I expect to go out there. "It's a massive challenge for her, but one I'm sure she's up for".

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