“I was really scared” Harmony Tan astonished by her own performance after registering a win over Serena Williams in Wimbledon

World no. 115 Harmony Tan rises to the seventh cloud after defeating Serena Williams in her debut at the All-England Club in the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

Harmony Tan
Harmony Tan

World No. 115 Harmony Tan made her debut at the All-England Club and became one of the many to win their first-ever match but none would have done it the way she did. The French player was up against 23-time Grand Slam champion and 7-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the first round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. After a long battle that went beyond 3 hours, Tan emerged victorious with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(7) scoreline.

While Serena was not in the best of her form as she was returning after a year-long absence, it doesn’t lessen the magnitude of the win for Harmony as she almost got bagelled in the second set and had to fight back in the first set after losing 4 consecutive games. The tiebreaker also saw a mini-comeback by Serena that could have turned the match in her favour but Tan remained composed and fought her way to defeat Williams.

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“I watched Serena so many times on the TV”: Harmony Tan

Serena Williams and Harmony Tan
Serena Williams and Harmony Tan

Harmony was yet to be born when Serena turned Pro in 1995. But she followed her example correctly turning Pro in 2012 at near about the same age as Serena when she turned Pro. Harmony did not get much success and despite playing in main-draw of other Slams, she could not make it to Wimbledon until this year and she made it a point to make it memorable.

“I don’t know, I’m so emotional now. I don’t know how to speak. She’s a superstar and when I was young, I watched her so many times on the TV and now for my first Wimbledon, it’s WOW. I am really surprised today. When I saw the draw, I was really scared because it is Serena Williams, she is a legend and I was like ‘Oh my god, how can I play and if I can win one game or two games it was really good for me’.

“I would like to thank everybody today and my team. My coach Natalie, she had also played Serena so it’s been a long time, so thank you Natalie for being there today,” said Tan in her on-court interview full of emotions as the Center Court applauded her for her brilliant feat. The French player will now play in Women’s Doubles before taking on Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round looking to reach the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time.

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