After a year without having played a singles tournament, Serena Williams missed her return to the circuit: at 40, the American was beaten on Tuesday by Frenchman Harmony Tan (115And) 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10/7) in 3:11 in the first round of Wimbledon.
Updated yesterday at 19:15
Seven-time grass Major champion and former undisputed world number 1, Serena Williams, returns to 1204And world ranking, had received an invitation to participate in the main draw.
He left Center Court during the match last year, suffering from a thigh injury. She on Tuesday she, she returned to this same field, she went after a disjointed meeting at the end of which she bowed.
Sometimes borrowed, not always well placed, even a little lost on the pitch, not knowing whether to go forward or backward, not always sure of herself or of her shots, she was unable to impose her game for the duration of the match. so powerful and intimidating that he made his own strength.
He shouted a lot to try to evacuate the obviously enormous pressure on his shoulders, but there was too much waste in his game (54 unforced errors versus 28 by the opponent).
So sometimes she resorts to attempts at intimidation, with particularly theatrical demonstrations on some key points such as the one that gave her the break and the possibility of serving for the match in the third set. But in vain.
Serena Williams said she was “motivated” on Tuesday night to play in the US Open which begins on August 29, despite her first-round failure at Wimbledon, where she was making her return to singles competition after a year off the circuit.
Physically, I didn’t hurt too much. It is true that in the last two points I suffered (smiles). I move well, I return so many balls to collect. But I didn’t train for the three-hour matches … that’s where, I think, I made a mistake. On the key points of the game, you must always be mentally ready to win them. I did well enough on maybe one or two of those points, but it clearly wasn’t good enough.
” […] By playing a week out of two, three or even four, you always gain some efficiency. That said, I think I’ve played some of the key points pretty well. Not all of them, but some do. There are a few where I definitely could have done better. You have to tell yourself that if I had played games, I would not have lost any of these points or lost the game. “
” […] Today I gave my all. Maybe if I had played tomorrow I would have given more, maybe last week I would have given more… But today I couldn’t. There comes a time when you need to know how to be satisfied with it. And that’s all I can do. Couldn’t do more today. Williams added.
“The United States Open is where I won my first Grand Slam title [en 1999], it’s super special. I am definitely very motivated to improve and play at home, “said the 40-year-old American after her defeat to France’s Harmony Tan.
In front, Tan, 24, made him run as far as he could, forward, backward, sideways.
Williams, visibly small physically, ended up exhausted while the Frenchwoman, who was participating in her first Wimbledon, couldn’t believe it.
I am so touched that I cannot find the words … She is one Super starI watched it so often on television that for my first Wimbledon it was … wow!
When I saw the draw, I was very scared. She is Serena Williams, a legend, I was wondering how to play against her and I thought if I had already won a game or two, it would be great, “added Harmony Tan, whose coach, Nathalie Tauziat, 54-year-old today faced Serena Williams. on the circuit.
The Frenchwoman could have finished naked earlier, but Williams saved the first match point at 6-5 in the third set before taking the game to the super tiebreaker.
The American then went straight to 4-0 and seemed to be aiming for victory, but was unable to maintain her lead and ended up losing.
In July 2021, injured in her thigh, she was forced to retire in the first round against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich (100And world), when it was at 8And WTA ranking.
He had resumed the competition to everyone’s surprise last week in doubles at Eastbourne, associated with Tunisian Ons Jabeur (then 3And world singles). The two had won their first two games before giving up the semifinals due to a knee injury to Jabeur.