Serena Williams crashes out of Wimbledon while sister Venus, 42, is set for return

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Serena Williams crashed out of Wimbledon 2022 with a defeat to debutant Harmony Tan in a classic first-round encounter on Centre Court.

The 40-year-old, who’s won the women’s singles title seven times, was unable to summon her old magic suffered just her third first-round loss at a Grand Slam, going down 7-5 1-6 7-6 (7) in a deciding tie-break after three hours and ten minutes in what could well be her Wimbledon farewell.

It was a performance totally at odds with what Williams has consistently produced over the past two decades

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It was a performance totally at odds with what Williams has consistently produced over the past two decades

But full credit to Tan, who deservedly takes her place in the second round

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But full credit to Tan, who deservedly takes her place in the second round

Williams was rusty in the extreme in the first two games, her footwork leaden and her ball-striking wayward, but she gradually began to find some rhythm.

The American was particularly vocal, shrieking at every winner and error, and it worked as she moved into a 4-2 lead.

But the main question mark was always going to be around Williams’ fitness and she was puffing hard as Tan eventually broke back after a long service game.

The Frenchwoman could not hope to match her opponent for power but had considerable success with deft drop shots and lobs and looked to be enjoying herself as she moved into a 6-5 lead.

Williams had a chance to draw level and force a tie-break but looked anxious and was unable to convert as Tan moved ahead.

With darkness closing in, a brief pause for the roof to be closed worked in Williams’ favour. She cut out some of the errors, and the shrieking, and set about retrieving the deficit, breaking Tan in the second game of the set after a remarkable run of 12 deuces.


The 23-time Grand Slam winner never got a proper rhythm going

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The 23-time Grand Slam winner never got a proper rhythm going

When Williams, who won the last of her seven singles titles here in 2016, moved 3-1 ahead in the deciding set, it appeared the hard part was behind her.

But two doubles matches in Eastbourne last week were scant preparation for a return to grand slam singles and things became complicated once again.

Williams began to show her emotions once more, leaping to celebrate the good moments and waving her arms in despair at the bad.

She slid deeper into trouble after failing to serve out the match at 5-4 but put away a drive volley to save a match point at 5-6 and force a deciding first-to-10-points tie-break.

Williams moved into a 4-0 lead but, on the stage where she has triumphed on so many occasions, this time there was not to be a happy ending.

As that match begun, news broke that Serena’s older sister Venus was set to make a shock return to the tournament.

Venus watched her sister fall to defeat but could be in action with Jamie Murray

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Venus watched her sister fall to defeat but could be in action with Jamie Murray

It’s widely reported the 42-year-old will team up with Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles event, however, this will be confirmed on Wednesday.

Serena paired up with Murray’s younger brother Andy in 2019 but were knocked out in the second round.

However, the older Murray brother is a specialist in doubles, having won five mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, including two at Wimbledon. He also has two men’s doubles Grand Slams to his name.





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