Serena Williams first appearance on the court since her injury last year at the opening round of Wimbledon ended abruptly Tuesday.
She lost in the first round at Wimbledon 2022 to Chinese Cambodian Harmony Tan, reported CBS Sports.
The grand slam champion battled valiantly for 3 hours and 11 minutes, but she came out on the losing end 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7).
The defeat left the future of the 40 year old in question.
“That’s a question I can’t answer,” ESPN reported the 40-year-old said during her post-match news conference. “Like, I don’t know. I feel like, you know, I don’t know. Who knows? Who knows where I’ll pop up.”
According to The Guardian, Tan is the 115th ranked player in the world.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared,” The Guardian reported Tan said afterwards. “Because it’s Serena Williams, she’s a legend. I was like, oh my God. How can I play? If I could win one game, or two games, it’s really good for me.’
Williams did all she could to stop Tan. Every time Tan surged, Williams would retake control. Each time, Tan would take it back and in the end she would emerge victorious.
“Today I gave all I could do,” said Williams. “Maybe tomorrow I could have gave more. Maybe a week ago I could have gave more. But today was what I could do. At some point you have to be able to be OK with that. And that’s all I can do.”
Tan, over her career, has won eight singles titles, and one doubles title.
It was her first Wimbledon.
“For my first Wimbledon — it’s wow. Just wow,” she said to CNN.
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