Serena Stunned by Tan in First-Round Epic Match Defeat
In a dramatic epic encounter, Seven-time tennis champion, Serena Williams suffered a humiliating second straight Wimbledon first-round exit as she was stunned into defeat by French debutant Harmony Tan.
After a year of retiring injured from a what many feared would be her last Wimbledon match, her return had been eagerly anticipated but 115th-ranked Tan flipped the script with a spectacular 7-5 1-6 7-6(7) win.
With the Centre Court roof closed for the final two sets and the time approaching the 11pm Wimbledon curfew, Tan had one match point snatched away when the 40-year-old Williams served at 5-6 in a rollercoaster deciding set.
A weary Williams then appeared close to victory as she built a 4-0 lead in the ‘super tiebreak’.
But Tan, who had never played a Wimbledon main draw match before let alone against one of the game’s greats on a fever-pitch showcourt, was not done.
Sticking to the slice and slow ball shots that had flummoxed Williams throughout an absorbing duel, she clawed her way into a 9-7 lead before sealing victory as Williams netted a forehand.
Williams, who had not played a singles match since retiring hurt against Aliaksandra Sasnovich here last year, went through every emotion in three hours and 11 minutes of drama and put her fans through the wringer too.