Marion Bartoli praised Serena Williams: "For her longevity, a bit like Roger Federer, and the difficulties she went through, showing to have a mental strength that I never saw in any other player. To still have the fire inside yourself to reborn despite everything that she lived and won, I am in total awe.
She is able to believe in herself." After her loss to Simona Halep, Williams said: "She literally played out of her mind, congratulations Simona. It was a little bit of a dear in the headlights for me. Whenever a player plays that amazing you have to take your hat off and give them a nod of the head.
I have just got to keep fighting and enjoying the sport. I love coming here and playing in front of you guys, it has been really fun. My team is amazing. Thank you all for all the support and I love you all", said Serena, who was seeking her eighth Wimbledon title, including the first one since 2016 when she defeated Angelique Kerber in the final.
Speaking on the BBC, Great Britain's Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong commented on Bernard Tomic being £45,000 fined for his lack of effort in first round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday. Keothavong said: "This performance was an absolute disgrace.
I just don't understand as a professional tennis player why show up and do that. It makes no sense whatsoever. It is just disappointing."