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Wimbledon: Losing comeback for Serena Williams, "motivated" to play the US Open

2022-06-28T22:56:21.376Z

After a year without playing a singles tournament, the seven-time winner missed her return to the circuit.



At Wimbledon,

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Disappointed but not defeated.

A year ago, she left the Center Court in tears, forced to give up as soon as she entered the running: injured in a leg.

She had thrown in the towel after four games against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Tuesday evening, the American left the central Wimbledon with a tight smile, a year later, for her return to the courts.

Facing an amazing Harmony Tan, she was only a shadow of herself at the end of a very disjointed match.

She regularly let out loud cries to encourage herself.

But, overtaken by her lack of competition, she committed a whopping 54 unforced errors (against 28 for her opponent) and did not have the usual efficiency after her first serves (only 66% of points won behind her first serves ).

Without surprise,

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She fought until the end but out of breath and ideas, she gave in after three hours of combat (3 hours 11).

Physically I did pretty well,

” said the American.

But I didn't know how to win the key points at the end of the match.

If I had more matches behind me in competition, maybe I would have won those points.

Today I gave everything I could do.

Another opponent would probably have suited my game better. I can't change the weather or anything.

That's all I could do today.

I fought and did what I could.

I remained calm.

I was not angry.

It was a huge victory for me, not to break any racquets

”.

She could play the US Open

In the super-tie break, the American then quickly broke away 4-0 and seemed to be heading for a victory, but she was unable to maintain her advantage and ended up bowing, exhausted.

Harmony Tan, 113th in the world, made her match and has the great merit of never giving up against the seven-time winner of the tournament.

His game in variation greatly hampered the legend with 23 Grand Slam titles.

The Frenchwoman will remember her first time on the legendary London court.

Now a mother and accomplished businesswoman, down to 1,204th in the world, Serena Williams is still a tennis player.

For how much longer ?

It was in London that she won her first Grand Slam at the age of 16 in 1998 with a title in mixed doubles, associated with Belarusian Max Mirnyi, dominating 6-4, 6-4 the Indian Mahesh Bhupathi and the Croatian Mirjana Lucic.

The first of his 39 Grand Slam successes, singles and doubles combined.

It may have been in London that she bowed out: “

That's a question I can't answer.

I do not know.

Who knows ?

Who knows where I will appear.

At the US Open?

At home at the end of August.

Most likely, if we go by his last answer at a press conference: "

That's where I won my first Grand Slam

(in 1999),

it's something that's always super special.

Your first time is always special.

I am definitely very motivated to improve and play at home

”.

To perhaps close the loop.

Source: lefigaro

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