French Harmony Tan celebrates her achievement after knocking out American Serena Williams in three sets on June 28, 2022, at Wimbledon. GLYN KIRK / AFP This is probably the best victory of his career. On the central court of Wimbledon, this June 28, Harmony Tan (115th player in the world) beat the seven-time winner of the British Grand Slam, Serena Williams (7-5, 1-6, 7-6 [10-7]). The 40-year-old was making her return to competition after a year’s absence; she had fallen back to No. 1,204 in the world in singles. In 80 Grand Slam tournaments, this is only the third time Serena Williams has lost in the first round. The Frenchwoman, comfortable on the grass, relied on a defensive game, based on regularity. She conceded only 28 unforced errors, against 54 for her opponent of the day. Another quality demonstrated by the 24-year-old Parisian: her ability to cover a large part of the ground. She covered 8,568 meters during this meeting, against 7,373 meters for Serena Williams. A superior physical dimension, precious, for this 3:11 marathon. In the next round, the licensee of the Tennis Club Boulogne-Billancourt will face the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, 45th player in the world, faller of Christina McHale (6-2, 6- 1). “I’m so moved I can’t find the words… She’s a superstar, I’ve watched her so many times on TV that for my first Wimbledon, it’s… wow! commented Tan. “When I saw the draw, I was very scared. It’s Serena Williams, a legend, I was wondering how to play against her and I thought that if I already won one or two games, it would be great, ”added Harmony Tan, whose coach, Nathalie Tauziat, today 54-year-old faced Serena Williams on the circuit. Serena Williams running out of pace In 2021, she left Center Court during the match, victim of a thigh injury. Tuesday, back on this same court, Serena Williams went after a disjointed match, at the end of which she bowed. Serena Williams on the grass at Wimbledon, June 28, 2022. ALBERTO PEZZALI / AP Sometimes borrowed, not always well placed, even a little lost on the court, not knowing whether to move forward or backward, not always sure of herself nor with her shots, she was unable to impose her powerful and intimidating game, which was her strength, over the length of the match. She did let out loud cries in an attempt to relieve the obviously enormous pressure that weighed on her shoulders, but there was too much waste in her game. So, she sometimes resorted to attempts at intimidation, with demonstrations particularly theatrical on a few key points, like the one that gave him the break and the opportunity to serve for the match in the third set. But in vain. At nearly 41, this was perhaps Serena Williams’ last singles appearance at Wimbledon. However, at a press conference, she announced that she was “motivated” to play the US Open, which will be held in New York from August 29 to September 11. Alexander Priam
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