Wimbledon: He came back, delighted and left… Serena Williams | Video
He will continue in search of the 24th Grand Slam title…
Serena Williams He reappeared this Tuesday, after a year of absence due to injury, but his return to the courts was not sealed with a victory when he was eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon at the hands of the French HarmonyTan, who prevailed 7-5, 1-6 and 7-6 (10-7), after three hours and 10 minutes of battle
american tennis playerformer world number one, reappeared right where he retired due to injury a year ago and, naturally, He was far from his best version that has led her to conquer 23 Grand Slam titlesone to match the Australian Margaret Court.
Nevertheless, Williams fought until the last point and was very close to winning in an exciting match, held on the central court of the all england club, where fans dismissed her as a tennis legend.
After falling in a close first set by 7-5, the seven-time Wimbledon winnerrecovered in the following quarter, in which he calibrated his shots from the baseline and leveled the score by winning a resounding 6-1.
The high competition: it is not for everyone. Serena Williams won 23 Grand Slams throughout her rich career and today she played her first singles match of the year (loss vs. Tan). At 40 years old, she has the same magic and dedication that she always has… 👏🏻🔥 #WomenHeadlines pic.twitter.com/rMGNNX3Mbs
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In the deciding set, the 40-year-old veteran led 3-1 and then served out 5-4. Nevertheless, failed to take advantage of these opportunities and, after saving a match point against, ended up settling for forcing the tiebreakin which he started in command 4-0.
And when it seemed that the youngest of the Williams sisters was heading for victory, with the entire public on her side, the French reacted on time and turned the score around As a result of a streak of five points in a row.
In the final stretch, the one born in Michigan accused the wear and the lack of rhythm. So, while, the freshest match of legs ended and capitalized on it to beat Williams in his debut in the main draw of the London event.
The American, who finished with 61 winners and 54 unforced errors, suffered just his third loss in the first round of a Grand Slam in 80 appearances. Added to falls before virginie razzano (Roland Garros 2012) and Aliaksandra Sasnovich (for retirement at Wimbledon 2021).
Also, Williams he was 18-4 in three-set matches at Wimbledon, including six straight wins. He was not losing in three sets in the All England Club since the third round in 2014, when she was beaten by Alize Cornet.
Lastly, it should be noted that Tan is the sixth French tennis player to beat Serena in a Grand Slam match. In this way, he joins the club of Sandrine Testud (Australian Open 1999), Amélie Mauresmo (US Open 2006), marion bartoli (Wimbledon 2011), virginie razzano (Roland Garros 2012) and Alize Cornet (Wimbledon 2014).
(With information from Yahoo Sports)