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Less than Serena

Serena Williams kicked off the defence of her Wimbledon title with a spirited win over Aravane Rezai in three sets this afternoon.

The American beat the Frenchwoman 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in a match that nearly saw her fold completely in the face of Rezai's aggressive play. Certainly after the match Williams was emotionally drained enough to cry with giving post-match interviews, not something you'd expect from a Grand-Slam winner after winning in the first round.

'I usually don't cry,' said Williams afterwards. 'I don't understand it. It's been so hard I never dreamt I'd be here. I just wanted to win at least one match here and since I'm not playing doubles it was a really big win for me. It's been so hard and has been a disaster year. To be able to come back at Wimbledon is pretty awesome I didn't expect to play or do anything I'm just excited. She is a really good player I knew it wouldn't be easy.'

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