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Tennis great Serena Williams crashed out in the first round of the Wimbledon Open. The American player, who won 23 Grand Slam titles, was defeated by France’s Harmony Tan in a three-set match. Unseeded Tan won the women’s singles match 7-5, 1-6, 7/6 (10/7). On the other hand, in the men’s singles, French legend Rafael Nadal narrowly escaped being a victim of an upset.
Second seed Nadal defeated Francisco Kerundolo of Argentina 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in a four-set match. Nadal achieved his 306th Grand Slam career win. In this case, she equaled American female player Martina Navratilova. Switzerland’s Roger Federer (369 matches), Serena Williams (365 matches) and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (328 matches) are ahead of Nadal and Navratilova in terms of winning the most matches at a Grand Slam.
“This is my first Wimbledon Open,” Tan said after the win against Williams. This victory is very special. I am very emotional. She (Serena) is a superstar. When I was little, I used to watch them on TV while playing. When I saw my draw, I was scared. Had to play with a great player. I was thinking that if I can win even just a game or two against him, that will be enough.
When Serena came to play the match on the center court, the audience gave her a warm welcome, but she did not appear in form. Williams, 40, won the last of her seven Wimbledon singles titles six years ago. She had reached the finals in 2018 and 2019, but could not win.