Wimbledon | Serena Williams slammed for her singles return to the circuit

After a year without participating in a singles tournament, Serena Williams missed her return to the circuit: at the age of 40, the American was beaten by French Harmony Tan on Tuesday (115th place).e) 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10/7) in 3:11 in the first round of Wimbledon.

Updated yesterday at 7:15pm.

Seven-time Major grassroots champion and former undisputed world No. 1 Serena Williams is back down to 1204e World ranked, had received an invitation to compete in the main draw.

Last year, she left center court during the game, the victim of a hamstring injury. Tuesday, back in the same seat, she engaged in an incoherent fight, at the end of which she bowed.

Sometimes on loan, not always placed well, even a little lost on the pitch, not knowing whether to go forward or backward, not always sure of herself or her shots, she was unable to get over his powerful and intimidating game to enforce the length of the game which made up his strength.

She let out many screams to evacuate the obviously enormous pressure on her shoulders, but her game was too wasteful (54 unforced errors against 28 for her opponent).

So she sometimes resorted to intimidation, with particularly theatrical demonstrations on some key points like the one that gave her the break and the opportunity to serve in the third set for the match. But in vain.

Serena Williams said Tuesday night she was “motivated” to play the US Open, which begins August 29, despite her first-round failure at Wimbledon, where she returned to singles competition after a year-long hiatus.

Physically I wasn’t bad. It’s true that I suffered from the last two points (smiles). I move well, I return a lot of balls to pick up. But I wasn’t training for three-hour games… I think I made a mistake there. At key points in the game, you always have to be mentally ready to win them. I was good at one or two of those points, but it definitely wasn’t enough.

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” […] By playing a week of two, of three, or even of four, you always gain a little in efficiency. That aside, I think I played some of the key points pretty well. Not all, but some yes. There are some where I certainly could have been better. You have to tell yourself if I had played matches I wouldn’t have missed some of those points or lost the match. »

” […] Today I gave everything. If I had played tomorrow maybe I would have given more, maybe I would have given more last week… But today I couldn’t. At some point you have to know how to be happy with it. And that’s all I can do. I couldn’t do more today. adds Williams.

“I won my first Grand Slam title at the United States Open [en 1999], it is very special. I’m definitely very motivated to improve and play at home,” said the 40-year-old American after her loss to France’s Harmony Tan.

Tan, 24, on the other hand, let him run as much as possible, forwards, backwards, sideways.

Williams, visibly small physically, ended up exhausted while the Frenchwoman, competing in her first Wimbledon, couldn’t believe it.

I’m so touched I can’t find the words… She’s a super starI’ve seen it on TV so many times that for my first Wimbledon it was… wow!

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“When I saw the draw, I was very shocked. It’s Serena Williams, a legend, I was wondering how to play her and I thought if I could already win a game or two it would be great,” added Harmony Tan, whose coach Nathalie Tauziat is 54 today years old met Serena Williams on the race track.

The French could have finished naked earlier, but Williams saved the first match point at 6-5 in the third set before taking the game into the super tie-break.

The American then quickly pulled away 4-0 and looked set for victory but was unable to maintain her lead and ended up losing.

In July 2021, she lost to Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich (100th place) with a hamstring injury in the first rounde world) when she died on 8e WTA rank.

To everyone’s surprise, she resumed competition in doubles at Eastbourne last week, tied with Tunisian Ons Jabeur (then 3rd place).e world singles). The duo had won their first two games before losing the semifinals due to Jabeur’s knee injury.

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