Even after a year’s absence tennisSerena Williams hasn’t forgotten how to entertain.
she Return to Grand Slam Action The three-hour, eleven-minute quarrel with French Harmony Tan at Wimbledon on Tuesday was theatrical and captivating, but eventually ended in a defeat.
In the longest women’s singles match to date, Tan was ranked number one. She won 115 in the world and made her first appearance at Wimbledon, as well as on the main stage of the center court, where she decided to make a super tiebreaker to win 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10-7). Sharpened her nerves.
This was clearly not the most vintage performance of Williams’ illustrious career and didn’t give her time away from the game.
However, when the roof closed and the center court lights flashed (a scene that urged the viewers to ah and ah), the two players performed an over-delivered show in the drama.
Finally, it was Tan who crashed Williams’ comeback party, making several shots and applauding his opponent on the other side of the net.
“It’s amazing at my first Wimbledon, it’s just amazing,” Tan said in a court interview.
Most of the attendees may disagree.
Williams, who turned 40 last September, refuses to give up pursuing his record 24th Grand Slam title five years after declaring his final at the Australian Open.
“No one knows where I will appear,” she suggested when asked by reporters about her future that a US Open appearance could take place later this year.
“The National Open (the first place I won a Grand Slam) has always been very special,” Williams added. “It’s always special for the first time. There are certainly many motivations for getting better and playing at home.”
When Williams returned to Wimbledon, rust was expected and it took time to find a sense of rhythm for Tan. Before Tuesday, her only competitive outing in the past year was two doubles matches in Eastbourne last week.
She broke in the first game, but by the fourth she started finding her legs-when she counterattacked with Tan’s serve double break, she struck her ground strokes cleaner.
However, the first set proved to show the match as a whole. Just as Williams seemed to have an edge over her opponent, Tan turned her way back into battle.
Williams took the lead in two breaks and then took the lead early in deciding a super tiebreaker, with Tan scoring 10 of the next 13 points and claiming her biggest win. It happened many times on the set. Career.
The match on Tuesday was a clear contrast to style. Williams’ offensive display was a hit and miss as it landed 61 winners (a combination of intense ground strokes and a sweetly struck drive volley), scattered with 54 unforced errors.
Tan, on the other hand, was more conservative and relied heavily on her slices to move Williams to court-the tactics later recognized by the Americans surprised her.
“I think I could play with anyone. [it] Probably another result was obtained, “she said. “I knew there were a lot of slices when I got in there, but not so many in the forehand. I definitely had to try to find my rhythm. As you know, after wisdom. Is 20/20. ”
The positive thing for Williams, who retired against Aliaksandra Sasnovich after slipping and injuring in the first round of Wimbledon last year, was that her body held up firmly against Tan. ..
“Physically I was fine,” she added. “A few points here, I really started to feel it. But I’m working fine, I’m getting back a lot of balls. I’m actually working fine.
“It wasn’t surprising to me because I knew it was doing well. I didn’t practice the match for three hours. That’s where I was wrong. I think.”
Prior to Wimbledon, Williams recalled that tennis was no longer the sole focus of her life. Outside the courtroom, her motherhood, her venture company, and the release of the movie “King Richard” that she helped all occupy her time.
“To be honest, it’s totally different. I feel that part of me is more of a part of my life now than a tournament,” she said last week.
But that doesn’t mean Williams is ready to say goodbye to tennis-even if she remains undecided when and where her next appearance will take place.
And if anything, the defeat against Tan burned the tennis fire a little brighter.
“It definitely makes me want to go to the practice area,” she said. .. .. ‘”