It’s a Wimbledon first round that Harmony Tan will likely remember for the rest of her life. For her first participation in this tournament, the French offered herself Serena Williams, seven-time champion on the London lawn, after an epic fight of 3h11 (7-5, 1-6, 7-6). Having both come close to winning the match, the two players put on a memorable show on center court in this first week of the fortnight. Follow the entire Tour de France on Eurosport! Wimbledon But by the way, why does Serena play she with band-aid on her cheek? 2 HOURS AGO Beaten on her return to Wimbly at 40, the Williams’ younger sister may have said goodbye to a Grand Slam tournament she won for the first time there twenty years ago and with whom the American has forged a very special relationship throughout her career. In the next round, Tan will face the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.”Djokovic plays all his season on this Wimbledon, a significant weight for him”In 2000 at the Masters 1000 in Paris, Nathalie Tauziat beat Serena Williams for what is the last confrontation between the two tenniswomen. Twenty-two years later, Tauziat became Harmony Tan’s coach and gave her heiress the key to defeating a legendary champion. For this first round, Tan was right to fear Williams, 40 years old but holder of twenty-three Grand Slam titles and Wimbledon finalist in 2019. A breathtaking third set But facing the mountain, Tan showed with great tenacity to defy the odds. First ahead at 2-0 in the first set, the Frenchwoman suffered a first adverse tornado to be trailed 4-2. No big deal, the Parisian by birth bent her spine to better finish the set, unbreaking Williams in stride to resume her opponent’s service at 5-5 before winning the first set in 1h04 of play (7-5). The stat that puts Alcaraz back in Nadal’s footsteps: “He has everything to win Wimbledon” Launched in his match, Tan however awakened the beast that lies dormant in Queen Serena. As a good steamroller, the American won five consecutive games (including the second of an interminable length) without leaving crumbs to the competition. After saving the honor, Tan couldn’t help giving up the second set in an expeditious way (6-1). But the highlight of the show came in a fantastic third set. Led 3-1 then 5-4 service to follow for Williams, Tan never let go. Facing the champion, she got a first match point at 6-5 in her favor. It was after a mind-blowing super tie-break where Williams was leading 4-0 that Tan went for two new match points to conclude a match already set in stone for this edition of Wimbledon 2022. WimbledonSerena at the training on the central 06/25/2022 At 11:38 AM Roland-Garros Barrère first blue to smile, white cabbage for the Frenchwomen 05/22/2022 At 10:44 AM
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