Wimbledon, England – Serena Williams is playing at Wimbledon for the 21st time. This is Harmony Dan’s first time, but he will be the second-round pick at the All England Club.
Don, a The 115th-ranked Frenchwoman, less well known in her country, defeated Williams, the best women’s tennis champion of her era. 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7). Williams has not played singles on the tour since retiring with a thigh injury in the first round of Wimbledon last year, but he played plenty of tennis on Tuesday evening at Center Court, where he won seven Wimbledon singles titles. His fierce fight with Don lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes. The absence of Williams was an exciting, reassuring decision, and she did not hesitate when asked if this would be okay if she remembered her final Wimbledon.
“Obviously not. You know me. Of course not,” said Williams, 40. “But today I gave everything I could, you know, today. Maybe tomorrow I would have given more. Maybe a week ago I could have given more. But today I was able to do it. At some point you can fix it. And that’s all I can do. I can’t change the time or anything. ”
He managed to change the pace of the game, which was played under open sky in the first set on Tuesday, and then covered the rest of the way after the roof was closed to provide the stadium lighting needed to continue. Williams dominated the second set, but Don struggled again in the third game, while Williams’ position and energy collapsed despite his lack of fighting spirit.
She saved a match point in her service late She jumped to a 4-0 lead in the final set and super tiebreaker, which is new at Wimbledon this year, as she could not bear to miss several important shots, including a forehand at Dan’s second match point.
“Physically I think I did well,” Williams said. “The last two points, I think I worked very hard there, but at those key points, to win some points, I think you need something that you always have to keep mentally, in one or two of them I did well, but obviously not enough.
Dan’s clear-thinking ability under the pressure of the Big-Match was notable to a player with very little experience and he made his first appearance on center court. But she said she had to fight within herself to believe she could actually defeat Williams.
“I was so scared when I saw Draw because it was Serena,” said 24-year-old Dan. “She’s a hero, yes, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, how can I play?’ If I win one or two matches, it’s very good for me.
Instead he won two sets, turning what was a feel-good story for Williams into a narrow defeat, which raises the question of how much professional tennis Williams wants to play. He will turn 41 in September, and his quest to win his 24th Grand Slam singles title is far from over. Number for a long time. He was 1st, now ranked 1,204, with no rankings soon. But he did not give a definitive answer as to whether this would be his final Wimbledon appearance.
“This is a question I can’t answer,” she said. “I don’t know. Who knows where I’ll pop up?”
But at least she could have left the All England club with a less painful memory than she did. Wimbledon last year, Left the center court when he missed the first set of his first-round match with Alyasandra Sasnovich and tore his thigh. He did not play competitively again until he returned to play in a doubles match with Ans Zaber in Eastbourne, England last week. Tuesday’s game against Don will be Williams’ first singles match.
“It’s definitely a long, long battle and fighting and definitely better than last year,” Williams said.
It was a tat but ultimately admirable performance as she tried to solve innumerable mysteries and clear the rust of Don, who was only watching Williams from a distance until their fight. “It was so scary to see her near me before we went out on the court because she’s so pushing,” Dan said in French. “It was hard, even in the end, when we shook hands, she still pushes.”
“I used to watch her on TV many times when I was younger,” he said in his court interview. “My first Wimbledon aha!”
The approaching Williams victory was a testament to her determination rather than her strength as she failed to dominate her first serve or full-cut returns, instead fighting for the third set in extended rallies and compromising situations, digging for Don. Smooth-cut shots and banging in the corners. Williams worked 5-4 in the game, and had two points from the win at 30-15, lost the next three points, and when his serve hit a reckless forehand approach shot, Dan passed her for a backhand winner.
Williams and his player box are entirely family, friends and team members, including himself Coach Eric HectmanCould not celebrate. He battled it out with a match point 5-6, 30-40 with the Forehand Volley winner. She had to go on the tiebreaker despite the fatigue in her legs and the tension in her eyes. She advanced to a 4-0 lead before Dan Reel pulled the next five points out of the tie.
Don, coached by 1998 Wimbledon finalist Natalie Toussaint, lacks pure energy and holds second service with Buffalo, but he understands the geometry of tennis and has an unusual set of tools that is most relevant to grass. She also had a good scout report: Toussaint was 54 years old and retired for a long time, but she faced Williams three times in the singles, defeating him on the fast, low hopping surface in the final of an indoor competition in 2000 in Paris. Taujiat understands the importance of keeping Williams out of her prime hitting zones.
“Thank you, Natalie,” Dan said in his court interview, looking at Toussaint in the player box.
From the start, Dan guessed Williams, often throwing elegant drop shots into the net; Tower lobes with opposite backhand passing shots; Lateral forehand pieces with looped topspin.
“Any other opponent would have been a better fit for my game,” Williams said, adding that he was rarely able to settle into Power Baseline duels or any particular form of playing for a long time.
No one but Dan knew what was coming. Williams, in his prime, also lost to players who loved variety. She, too, looked as tight as a piano wire, struggling to shed her natural force, missing the swing volleys and access shots by the clusters as she worked to move sideways.
In light of her long dismissal it was certainly understandable, and the crowd responded with awkward silence at first. The Grand Tennis Theater, where Williams had experienced many ups and downs for decades, was almost half empty at the start, but as the competition turned into a marathon it was filled with support and emotion as Williams tried to avoid the third first match. -Round out of his career in a Grand Slam match.
Despite her apparent desire, she could not cope with it and many big matches may not come, although Williams did not rule out returning to the US Open, where she won her first Grand Slam singles title in 1999. Age 17.
“Your first time is always special,” she said softly and softly. “Of course, you know, there’s a lot of motivation to get better and play at home.”