Serena Williams ’dramatic defeat to Tan on her return

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Serena Williams ’dramatic defeat to Tan on her return

Serena Williams he tearfully left Wimbledon 2021 because he had to withdraw six games in his first match. No one could have imagined then that he would not perform as an individual again until twelve months later, on the same stage.

In two preparations in doubles against Eastbourne last week, at the age of 40, the seven -time Wimbledon champion, winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, returned to singles with another defeat, against the French Harmony Tan by 7-5, 1-6 and 7-6 (10-7) at 3h.10 ‘.

Dramatic, painful, the farewell of the North American, formerly number one in the world and now 1,204 in the ranking of so much inactivity. He celebrated a ‘break’ to serve for the 5-4 match as if the victory was tied. He made a mistake, he didn’t hold his serve.

With super determination he survived a match ball at 5-6. He insisted on asserting his experience with newcomer Tan, 24 years old and number 115, a tennis player with more hands than strength. Almost melted physically, but with plenty of talent, Serena Williams took a 4-0 lead in the ‘supertiebreak’.

Nor is it enough. Tan wasn’t scared, he saw Serena’s physical resistance threshold was full, and he followed it until he brought a sport legend to his knees.

Tan will have Spanish as the next rival Sarah Sorribes25 years old and world number 45, with a great option to access the Wimbledon round of 32 for the first time.

Source: La Verdad

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