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Champion taking nothing for granted

HAVING A BALL: Serena Williams

THE REIGNING Wimbledon queen, Serena Williams, is taking nothing for granted at this year's Championships.

The five-time champion of SW19, saw off Mandy Minella 6-1 6-3 in her opening match yesterday but admits that there is still much work to be done if she is to retain her crown.

“You know, I never feel invincible. I always feel that I have to be ready for each opponent in each game, and I never become overconfident, " said the American. "I think when I do or if I do, that's the moment that I'm most vulnerable.”

Williams has now set up a second-round clash with France's Caroline Garcia, but concedes she must do better to win Wimbledon again this year.

"I feel like I was a little rusty for some reason," Williams said. "I don't feel like I played my best. I felt really upset when I lost my serve in the second set.

"With that being said, I think Mandy played really well. I thought she was really mixing up her shots, mixing up her game. It wasn't an easy match for me. I'm a little excited I was able to play a tough match and to get through it.

"After today, there's so many ways that I can improve and that I'm going to need to improve if I want to be in the second week of this tournament."

The younger of the tennis playing Williams' family is playing at Wimbledon for the first time without her elder sibling, Venus, who had to withdraw because of injury.

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