Now that she's "Mrs. Williams", per the Wimbledon chair umpire, now that she's a mother, now that she is back on tour, Serena Williams is ready to rediscover her full complement of shots and full ability to dominate.
The eight-time champion began his title defense in style at the All England Club, brushing aside Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes on Centre Court.
Williams figures to garner plenty of attention however long she remains in the field after sitting out Wimbledon a year ago while pregnant.
"Not only do I expect to win, I expect to win emphatically".
She is competing in her second grand slam since giving birth, having reached the fourth round of the French Open before withdrawing with a pectoral injury ahead of a match against old rival Maria Sharapova.
"It's a great feeling to be back, it's been a couple of years since I played on grass, so it is hard trying to find the rhythm".
The seven-times champion, who missed last year's tournament while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, is one of the favourites to triumph despite having a ranking of 181. Maybe that's the part I don't like so much: "the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said, adding that more funding is needed for doping control.
"I really don't like being away from her. I remember I struggled early on a lot", said Federer who hardly broke sweat in Monday's 30-degree hothouse. "Well, I won't think about it, I'll just be out there, yeah". "You just think about what I did wrong, what I can improve, what I'm going to do next".
The fourth-seeded Stephens produced an error-strewn display on No. 1 Court as she exited in the opening round for a second consecutive year.
Rus rolled her eyes at that notion after the match, saying: "I mean, she doesn't start a tournament if she's not prepared".
In the women's draw, Serena's sister Venus overcame a slow start to claim a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-1 win over Swede Johanna Larsson. I really dont like being away from her, Williams said.
Magdalena Rybarikova was the first seed to lose as she was beaten 7-5 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea while 22nd seed Anastasija Sevastova was ousted 6-1 2-6 6-4 by Camila Giorgi. "But I am a little bit shocked at how much I nearly want that pressure". Until I read that article, I didn't realize it was such a discrepancy with me, as well as against the other players that they listed, at least with the American players, both male and female. "I always got the early break in each set and was able to bring it home".
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 runner-up, then supplied the late night drama, saving six match points to beat Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
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.