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Serena Williams stunned by Harmony Tan in first round at Wimbledon

Harmony Tan edged out Serena Williams 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7) on Tuesday evening. She’ll play Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, the No 32 seed, in the next round

Serena Williams Wimbledon 2022 Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan in action at the Davis Cup Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Frenchwoman Harmony Tan edged out American wildcard Serena Williams 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7) to advance to the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday evening.

40-year-old Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon and 23-time Grand Slam champion, saved a match point at 5-6 in the third set of the dramatic affair but could not come through the match tiebreak against the world No 115.

The seesaw battle lasted three hours and 11 minutes in total.

“I’m really surprised today,” said Tan, who was making her Wimbledon debut. “When I saw the draw I was really scared, because, yes, it’s Serena Williams – she’s a legend and I was like ‘Oh my God, how can I play.’ If I can win one game or two games, it was really good for me.”

Tan, ranked No 115, will face Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, the No 32 seed, next.

London (Grand Slam), other first-round results (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 40.350.000, most recent results first):

  • Donna Vekic vs. Jessica Pegula
  • Rebeka Masarova vs. Harriet Dart
  • Garbine Muguruza vs. Greet Minnen
  • Tereza Martincova vs. Karolina Pliskova: tuesday
  • Petra Martic beat Shelby Rogers (30): 6-2, 7-6 (5)
  • Katie Boulter (WC) beat Clara Burel: 7-5, 6-3
  • Kristina Kucova beat Laura Pigossi: 7-5, 6-0
  • Qinwen Zheng beat Sloane Stephens: 7-6 (1), 7-5
  • Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova beat Rebecca Peterson: 7-5, 0-6, 6-3
  • Bianca Andreescu beat Emina Bektas (Q): 6-1, 6-3
  • Elena Rybakina (17) beat Coco Vandeweghe (LL): 7-6 (2), 7-5
  • Magdalena Frech beat Camila Giorgi (21): 7-6 (4), 6-1
  • Sara Sorribes Tormo beat Christina McHale (Q): 6-2, 6-1
  • Simona Halep (16) beat Karolina Muchova: 6-3, 6-2
  • Petra Kvitova (25) beat Jasmine Paolini: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Irina Bara beat Chloe Paquet: 6-2, 6-4
  • Heather Watson beat Tamara Korpatsch: 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-2
  • Ana Bogdan beat Dayana Yastremska: 6-2, 6-2
  • Kirsten Flipkens beat Jaimee Fourlis (Q): 7-5, 6-2
  • Amanda Anisimova (20) beat Yue Yuan: 6-3, 6-4
  • Paula Badosa (4) beat Louisa Chirico (Q): 6-2, 6-1
  • Tatjana Maria beat Astra Sharma (Q): 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Iga Swiatek (1) beat Jana Fett (Q): 6-0, 6-3
  • Ajla Tomljanovic beat Jil Teichmann (18): 6-2, 6-3
  • Qiang Wang beat Belinda Bencic (14): 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
  • Coco Gauff (11) beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse: 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
  • Lauren Davis beat Madison Brengle: 6-2, 7-5
  • Barbora Krejcikova (13) beat Maryna Zanevska: 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove (LL) beat Sonay Kartal (WC): 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
  • Mihaela Buzarnescu beat Nastasja Schunk (Q): 6-4, 6-2
  • Jelena Ostapenko (12) beat Oceane Dodin: 6-4, 6-4
  • Yanina Wickmayer (Q) beat Lin Zhu: 6-4, 6-2
  • Marta Kostyuk beat Katie Swan (WC): 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • Shuai Zhang (33) beat Misaki Doi: 6-4, 6-0
  • Viktoriya Tomova beat Daria Saville (WC): 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
  • Viktorija Golubic beat Andrea Petkovic: 6-4, 6-3
  • Catherine Harrison (Q) beat Arantxa Rus: 6-1, 6-4
  • Alize Cornet beat Yulia Putintseva (27): 6-3, 7-6 (5)
  • Claire Liu beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz: 7-5, 6-3
  • Maria Sakkari (5) beat Zoe Hives (Q): 6-1, 6-4
  • Irina-Camelia Begu beat Ekaterine Gorgodze: 6-4, 6-1
  • Angelique Kerber (15) beat Kristina Mladenovic: 6-0, 7-5
  • Panna Udvardy beat Tamara Zidansek: 6-4, 7-6 (1)
  • Magda Linette beat Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Q): 6-1, 6-4
  • Ann Li beat Lucia Bronzetti: 6-1, 6-4
  • Dalma Galfi beat Maddison Inglis (Q): 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
  • Mai Hontama (Q) beat Clara Tauson: 4-1 ret.
  • Marie Bouzkova beat Danielle Collins (7): 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
  • Elisabetta Cocciaretto beat Martina Trevisan (22): 6-2, 6-0
  • Sorana Cirstea (26) beat Aleksandra Krunic: 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1)
  • Kaja Juvan beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (23): 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
  • Diane Parry beat Kaia Kanepi (31): 6-4, 6-4
  • Emma Raducanu (10) beat Alison Van Uytvanck: 6-4, 6-4
  • Anett Kontaveit (2) beat Bernarda Pera: 7-5, 6-1
  • Jule Niemeier beat Xiyu Wang: 6-1, 6-4
  • Caroline Garcia beat Yuriko Miyazaki (WC): 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4)
  • Elise Mertens (24) beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano: 1-6, 6-2, 4-2 ret.
  • Katarzyna Kawa (Q) beat Rebecca Marino: 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
  • Ons Jabeur (3) beat Mirjam Bjorklund (Q): 6-1, 6-3
  • Lesia Tsurenko beat Jodie Anna Burrage (WC): 6-2, 6-3
  • Anhelina Kalinina (29) beat Anna Bondar: 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • Alison Riske (28) beat Ylena In-Albon: 6-2, 6-4
  • Maja Chwalinska (Q) beat Katerina Siniakova: 6-0, 7-5
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