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LONDON -- This was not the Serena Williams the tennis world is used to seeing on Centre Court. Barcelona Carles Alena Jersey . It was still good enough for the defending Wimbledon champion to advance to the second round in straight sets.Struggling on serve and failing to dominate against a 148th-ranked Swiss qualifier playing in her first Grand Slam tournament, Williams labored to a 6-2, 6-4 victory Tuesday over Amra Sadikovic?-- the 80th match win of her Wimbledon career.What looked on paper like a complete mismatch turned into a tighter contest than expected.I never underestimate anyone, said Williams, who had only four aces and served five double faults. It was a really good match, but I dont think it was tougher than I thought. It was definitely tough, but I always expect the best from everyone.With her mother, Oracene Price, watching from the Royal Box, the six-time Wimbledon champion jumped out to a 3-0 lead, running off 13 points in a row at one stage, defying her reputation as a slow starter.I started fast -- thats about it, Williams said when asked what positives she took from her performance.The 27-year-old Sadikovic, who decided to retire in 2014 to work at a tennis club in Basel but eventually was talked into returning to the tour, made things tricky for Williams. She took a 2-1 lead in the second set and stayed even until the final game, when she was broken while serving at 4-5.The match ended on a successful line challenge by Williams after she hit a backhand return that was called long. After the video replay showed the ball hit the back of the line, Williams grinned and threw up her arms in triumph.Williams, who finished with 19 winners but also had 18 unforced errors, was animated throughout the match as she tried to lift her game.Im always shouting at myself and pushing myself, so its absolutely nothing different, she said.Since winning last years title, Williams has come up short in the majors, losing in the semifinals at the U.S. Open and finals of the Australian and French Opens. She needs one more Grand Slam championship to equal Steffi Grafs Open-era record of 22 titles.At her postmatch news conference, Williams was asked how much she thinks about equaling that record.I think more or less about winning Australia, I think about winning the French Open, Williams said. Didnt happen. I think about winning Wimbledon. I dont necessarily think about winning 22.Mentally Ive been further down than anyone can be. Well, maybe not anyone, but Ive been pretty low. Theres nothing thats not mentally too hard for me.Williams said she isnt fatigued but is motivated to win Wimbledon once again.I would be lying if I said I feel fresh, but I dont feel fatigue, she said. I dont think I feel fresh, but I feel real hungry, super motivated, extremely ready to do the best.In a first-round contest played under the Centre Court roof, Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-4 in a match between two former No. 1 players.The 13th-seeded Russian, playing in her 13th Wimbledon, held off a late charge from the 45th-ranked Wozniacki, who was unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time in eight years.Kuznetsova has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals three times -- in 2003, 2005 and 2007.The retractable roof was closed for the match -- the third on Centre Court -- after the first rain delay of the tournament, which suspended all matches on the outside courts.Other first-round winners included No. 6 Roberta Vinci, No. 19 Dominika Cibulkova?, No. 27 Coco Vandeweghe?and No. 30 Caroline Garcia. Barcelona Sergi Samper Jersey . On Mar. 16, coming off a "fight of the year" performance at UFC 154 the previous November, St-Pierre faced Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in what would be his eighth defence of the welterweight title. Using his superior athleticism, St-Pierre cruised to a five round, unanimous decision victory setting up a much-anticipated title defence against number one contender Johny Hendricks. Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Jersey . The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The NFL has suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game for violating the leagues personal conduct policy.The league and the Giants announced the suspension on Wednesday without disclosing the violation.While I do not agree with the suspension, I will accept it, Brown said in a statement released by the team. I have exhausted the appeals process and have no other options along those lines. I will continue to work hard for this team, and I have tremendous confidence in my teammates and in my ability to move on and contribute to the team.Brown will miss the Giants regular-season opener against Dallas on Sept. 11. He will be eligible to return to the active roster the following day.The 37-year-oldd, who scored a career high 134 points last season, is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. Barcelona Denis Suarez Jersey. The Giants have had two kickers since training camp opened. Tom Obarski is the other. He was in the Cincinnati Bengals training camp last year and was waived before the season. He played in college at Concordia-St. Paul, kicking 44 field goals, including a school-record 59-yarder.We have been supportive of Josh and will continue to be, but we accept the leagues decision, coach Ben McAdoo said.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Cheap MLB Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping cheap nfl jerseys Cheap Jerseys USA China Jerseys Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys For Sale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys ' ' '