Serena Williams, US, took about 96 minutes to defeat Aravane Rezai, France. Williams was absent from the game for 11 long months. First, she stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant and had the longest time-out of her career. A few months later she had to remove life-threatening blood clots. So she barely had enough time to train for Wimbledon 2011 and was officially ranked 25th.
In her game against Rezai, she won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
I didn't expect to have any emotions, she told reporters after the match. [But] it was so emotional for me because throughout the last 12 months I've been through a lot of things that are not normal, things you guys don't even know about. It's been a long arduous road. I learnt that you can never take anything for granted.
Williams also said, I love Wimbledon, I love playing tennis and I love being part of the competition, and I thought if I could make it, I'd try to do my best. So making it and winning was pretty cool.