Wimbledon: Serena Williams shocked by Harmony Tan as Iga Swiatek enters the record books | tennis news

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams suffers an upset first-round loss in an all-night epic; Top seed Iga Swiatek becomes the first player in the 21st century to win 36 consecutive matches after beating Croatian Jana Fett on Center Court.

Last update: 06/29/22 1:11 am


Serena Williams saw her Wimbledon dreams ended by Harmony Tan

Serena Williams couldn’t summon the old magic when her return to Wimbledon ended with a first-round loss to little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan on Center Court.

Stepping onto the court to play singles for the first time since leaving the big stage prematurely and in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the first round 12 months ago, Williams was rusty and error-prone.

The will held and, buoyed by a cheering crowd, it looked like she might stumble over the finish line after coming back from a set down and then save a match point in game 12 of the decider.

But instead, Williams suffered only her third first-round loss at a Grand Slam, falling 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) in a decisive tiebreak at 10:35 p.m. after three hours and 10 minutes.

At 40, the American’s time in the game is clearly running out, but she remained vague about her future plans, refusing to rule out another tournament at Wimbledon next year.

“Like I said going into this, I’m just planning right now, seeing how I feel, just to go from there,” he said.

Pressed on whether it was her farewell from the All England Club, Williams added: “That’s a question I can’t answer. I don’t know. Who knows? Who knows where I’ll turn up.”

Williams recovered from a very shaky start to lead 4-2 in the first set, but 21 unforced errors proved her undoing.

She composed herself after a short break to close the roof, winning the second set handily, and looked like she might find her way as she led 3-1 in the decider.

But Williams had no certainties here and was unable to capitalize on a 4-0 lead in the tie break, with Tan celebrating the best moment of his career.

“I think physically I did pretty well,” Williams said. “I think in the last two points I really suffered.

“But I feel like just on those key points, winning some of those points is always a mental thing that you need. I did pretty well on one or two of them, but obviously not good enough.”

“There is definitely a lot of motivation to improve and play at home”

Williams indicates that he will play at the US Open

Asked if she could be satisfied with Tuesday’s loss as her last Wimbledon memory, she said: “Obviously not. You know me. Definitely not.

“But today I gave everything I could do. Maybe tomorrow I could have given more. Maybe a week ago I could have given more. But today was what I was able to do. At some point, you have to be able to be okay with that.” .”

Silky Swiatek makes more history

Iga Swiatek became the first player in the 21st century to win 36 consecutive matches

Iga Swiatek became the first player in the 21st century to win 36 consecutive matches

world number 1 Iga Swiatek She entered the record books in style by winning her 36th straight match with a win over Jana Fett on Center Court.

Swiatek’s incredible streak, which dates back to February and has seen her win six tournaments, means it is the longest winning streak of the 21st century, surpassing Venus Willams’ record set in 2000.

The two-time French Open champion, a heavy favorite for the crown, enjoyed the prestigious opening space on center court usually reserved for the defending champion and beat Croatian Fett 6-0 6-3.

The retirement of defending champion Ashleigh Barty meant that Swiatek was given the honor of leading the play on the main show court and looked right at home, handing her opponent a 33-minute bagel.

This was the Pole’s first match since winning at Roland Garros and Fett, who has had an active warm-up on the pitch, threatened a comeback when leading 3-1 in the second set.

She had three break points to make it 4-1, but Swiatek broke away and that was it, as the Pole quickly rattled off five games in a row to continue her unbeaten streak.

American 11th seed Coco Gauff rallied from a set down to beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse

American 11th seed Coco Gauff rallied from a set down to beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse

Coco Gauff She got off to a bumpy start and converted just four of 25 break points, but those misses weren’t enough to throw her off course and she reached the second round with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over the Romanian. Elena-Gabriela Ruse.

The 18-year-old American is the youngest player in the singles draw and after her runner-up finish at the French Open this month, many are tipping her to go all the way at the All England Club.

He faces the Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu Following.

seed number five Mary Sakkari made light work of Aussie Zoe Hives, winning 6-1 6-4, but No.14 seed Belinda Bencic is out, losing 6-4 5-7 6-2 to Wang Qiang in a game postponed from Monday.

Will Venus partner Jamie Murray in mixed doubles?

Venus Williams has applied for a late wild card to play alongside Jamie Murray in mixed doubles

Venus Williams has applied for a late wild card to play alongside Jamie Murray in mixed doubles

Venus Williams is set to make a surprise appearance at Wimbledon after requesting a late wild card to play alongside Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles.

The 42-year-old American is a five-time All England Club singles champion and won the doubles with her sister Serena six times, but she last played on the WTA Tour in August last year and has been sidelined ever since. for one leg. injury.

The 36-year-old Murray has twice won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, in 2007 and 2017.

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