I'm singled out for testing says Serena

Simona Halep at Wimbledon in 2017

Serena Williams said on Sunday that she was "frustrated" by what she described as a discrepancy in the frequency of drug testing across the tennis tour, publicly addressing her recent missed test before her opening match here on Monday.

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.

Having been forced to withdraw from Roland Garros before her scheduled match against Maria Sharapova, it was an encouraging start to her Wimbledon campaign.

Williams, looking to move within one title of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of nine Wimbledon titles, fired 23 winners past Rus. I just wasn't quite used to that level of wind. "For fairness to athletes and their privacy, public disclosure of test missions are not made public, unless a stated time requires such notification". "Just test everyone equally".

On a glorious Wimbledon day, the Swiss great was watched by wife Mirka and his four children - four-year-old twin boys Lenny and Leo, and eight-year-old girls Myla Rose and Charlene Riva - and afterwards said he hopes to continue his career so that his children can witness him winning trophies.

A spokeswoman for Williams, apparently not down with the whole anti-doping thing, released a statement saying "there is absolutely no reason for this kind of invasive and targeted treatment".

"I think there is a lot of pressure".

"I think it would be ungrateful to say that". To honest, in the 15 years I've been there, it's been one test.

"I didn't realise it was such a discrepancy, at least with the American players".

"Why not? After everything that she's done, it would have been the flawless excuse, exit just to say, 'I've had it'". In fact, I feel like it's stronger, because I've been through so much. What I want to know is everyone is getting tested, that we are really working to keep this sport clean.

"More than anything, I just was trying to be more calm", Williams explained afterward.

"The caveat to all this is she has undergone major abdominal surgery [the delivery was by caesarean section]".

Being unavailable for tests outside the one-hour window does not count as a missed test.

Cilic, who won the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club last month, fired 21 aces and 44 winners past his 259th-ranked opponent.

Then, in an article on Deadspin last week, it was reported that Williams complained to both the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) about the frequency of drug-testing after an incident when USADA testers sought to obtain a sample from her at her home in Florida.

"What's important is that these people are professional, they know what they're doing, they treat you like humans and not like criminals. Of course, she's a multiple champion here, so I think it's understandable". "I have them too". "I put so much on the back burner".



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