Serena Williams has made it clear that she is excited to compete at Wimbledon, using her Twitter account for the past week to count down the days until Monday, when the tournament begins. "Anyone would logically think about that, and I would otherwise have to be home 24 hours a day, or I get a missed test".
She appreciates the All England Club's decision to seed her as she prepares to return to action at Wimbledon on Monday for the first time as a mother.
As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss. I expect to go out there. She won her first three matches at the French Open before pulling out due to a pectoral injury.
"I played all the tournaments on grass, I really enjoy playing on it and it helped me".
Williams has won 15 matches in a row at Wimbledon, a streak that encompasses titles in 2015 and 2016, although Williams said that hadn't occurred to her until a reporter mentioned it.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion wore a head-to-toe white ensemble by Nike - the same brand that created her Wakanda-inspired catsuit to mark her triumphant return to the sport after almost 14 months gone for the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
But everything else was familiar for the Swiss star who cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes. I just wasn't quite used to that level of wind. She progresses to the second round on Wednesday.
Williams, looking to move within one title of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of nine Wimbledon titles, fired 23 winners past Rus. I expected to win this match.
Williams came back from a set down to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-1.
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. "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 the American players - both male and female".
"Gosh, yeah. So I don't know". She slid feet-first into the net and stayed down for a bit before being checked on, but she continued to play.
The tougher balance, for me, is to be able to spend time away from my son and be OK with taking, sometimes, time for myself, which is a struggle sometimes, because I really want to spend every second with him, said Azarenka, who faces No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova next.
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.
Three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka returned to the All England Club in style, ousting sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 1-6 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) 6-4.