Venus Williams always loves winning at Wimbledon

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"I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater".

Asked if her wealth of Wimbledon experience was a key factor, Venus said: "I'd love to have that extra advantage". It was a waste because Tomova appeared to lack power on her first serve, giving her illustrious opponents plenty of opportunities to attack it.

It was a bitter defeat for the 27-year-old Dane, who was expected to challenge for the title after winning her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January. But maybe most notable of all, she has competed against every opponent's best.

"I'm happy how I am hitting the ball, good concentration on my service games and able to mix it up with some slices. I told her that I want it".

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Venus Williams lost the first set 6/4 to Dulgheru (ranked 141 in the world), raising a possibility of an upset for the 2017 finalist, especially as Venus was stretched to deuce in the first game of the second set. If that's working for me I'm all for it. "If that's your best or not doesn't matter".

Karolina Pliskova is enjoying playing without pressure as she reached the third round for the first time.

"She obviously has an easy time getting back because she has done it so often, coming into a Grand Slam when she hasn't played".

Top seed Simona Halep will play Zheng Saisai on Court One while home hope Johanna Konta plays Dominica Cibulkova on Centre Court after Rafa Nadal opens the programme.

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Sam Querrey, the 11th seed, stepped up his bid to emulate last year's run to the semi-finals with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-3 win against Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic followed up her shock success against fourth seed Sloane Stephens with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson.

She next plays in-form Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu, who hardly broke sweat as she dismissed Briton Katie Swan 6-0 6-3 in one hour 14 minutes.

On Centre Court and Court One - Wimbledon's two biggest stadiums - two women's singles matches, including Venus and seven-time victor Serena, entertained the sell-out crowd in each prestigious arena, alongside only one men's match in each.

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The Australian Open champion complained to the chair umpire about the bugs that invaded No. 1 Court after she lost the first set 6-4 against Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

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