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

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams suffered a shock first-round defeat in a late-night epic. Top seed Iga Swiatek became the first women’s player of the 21st century to win 36 consecutive matches after defeating Croatian Jana Fett on center court.

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Serena Williams saw Harmony Tan finish her Wimbledon dreams

Serena Williams saw Harmony Tan finish her Wimbledon dreams

Serena Williams couldn’t summon old magic as her return to Wimbledon ended in a first-round defeat to little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan on center court.

Williams took to the field to play singles for the first time since leaving the big stage prematurely and in tears after sustaining a hamstring injury in the opening round 12 months ago, Williams was rusty and error-prone.

The will remained, and with the encouragement of the supporting crowd looked like they might stumble to the finish line after coming from a group and then holding the match point in the twelfth game of the class.

Instead, Williams suffered only her third first-round defeat in a major tournament, losing 7-5 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) in a play-off at 10.35pm after three hours and 10 minutes.

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

“Like I said to get into this, I’m just planning now, to see how I feel, just to go from there,” she said.

Pressured about whether it was her farewell to 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 appear.”

Williams recovered from a very shaky start to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set but 21 unintentional errors proved her downfall.

She composed herself after a short break to close the roof, comfortably won the second set, and looked like she might find a path to success as she advanced 3-1 in the decider.

But there was no certainty about Williams here and she was unable to capitalize on her 4-0 lead in the tiebreak, as Tan celebrated the best moment of her career.

“I think I did really well,” Williams said. “I think the last two points, I was really struggling there.

“But I feel that just in those key points, winning some of those points, it’s always something that you kind of need mentally. I’ve done really well in maybe one or two of them, but it’s clearly not enough.”

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

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When asked if she would be satisfied with Tuesday’s loss as her last Wimbledon memory, she said: “Of course not. You know me. Absolutely not.

“But today I did all I could do. Maybe I could have done more tomorrow. Maybe I could have done more a week ago. But today was what I could do. At some point, you should be able to be OK with that.”

Silky Swiatek brings more history

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

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

world number 1 all your together She entered the record books in style as she won her 36th straight match by defeating Jana Veet on Center Court.

Swiatek’s impressive streak, which dates back to February and saw her win six championships, means it’s the longest winning streak of the 21st century, surpassing Venus Willams’ record set in 2000.

The two-time French Open champion, the favorite for the title, enjoyed the coveted opening slot on Center Court usually reserved for the defending champion and beat Croatian Wit 6-0, 6-3.

Defending champion Ashleigh Barty’s retirement meant that Swiatek was given the honor of playing the opening game on the main show court and looking completely home, giving her opponent a 33-minute bake.

It was the Poles’ first game since beating Roland Garros and Witt, who had been training in a warm-up on grass, and threatened to come back to advance 3-1 in the second set.

She had three break points to make it 4-1, but Swatik slipped and that was the end of it, as the Pole quickly shook five games in a row to continue her indomitable streak.

American 11th seed Coco Gauff returned from a late set to defeat Elena Gabriella Ross

American 11th seed Coco Gauff returned from a late set to defeat Elena Gabriella Ross

Coco Guff She made a bumpy start and only managed to convert four of her 25 break points, but those gaps weren’t enough to derail her as she reached the second round with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Romania’s Elena Gabriella Ross.

The 18-year-old American is the youngest player in the singles draw and after finishing second at the French Open this month, many are guiding her to go to the All England Club.

Roman faced Mihaela Buzărnescu next one.

number five seeds Maria Scary Australian Zoe Hives won 6-1 6-4, but 14th seed Belinda Bencic was knocked out, losing 6-4 5-7 6-2 to Wang Qiang In a match that was carried over from Monday.

Is Venus Jimmy Murray scheduled to participate in the mixed doubles?

Venus Williams requested a late wildcard to play alongside Jimmy Murray in mixed doubles

Venus Williams requested a late wildcard to play alongside Jimmy Murray in mixed doubles

Venus Williams is ready to make a surprise appearance at Wimbledon after requesting a late wildcard to play alongside Jimmy Murray in the mixed doubles.

The 42-year-old American is a five-time All England Club singles champion and has won doubles with her sister Serena on six occasions but last played on the WTA Tour in August last year and has since been sidelined by a leg. infection.

Murray, 36, won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2007 and 2017.

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