Serena Williams is out of Wimbledon, but it was an epic, brilliant match against Harmony Tan – ESPN

London, England — Serena Williams She lost on her eagerly anticipated comeback Tuesday night at Wimbledon in a grueling 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 marathon race (7) Harmony TanQuestions about the future of the 23-time champion in the sport were immediate.

“That’s a question I can’t answer,” the 40-year-old said at a post-match press conference. “Like, I don’t know. I feel like, you know, I don’t know. Who knows? Who knows where I’m going to show up.”

But if it was the last time we saw the legendary superstar on the court, at Wimbledon or elsewhere, it was surely a match to be remembered for a long time, filled with epic rallies, powerful punches and spot-on celebratory reactions. Even Williams herself called it “madness and intensity.” In a post on InstagramAnd he said, “Oh, my God, I enjoyed it,” despite the loss. Here are some moments from the night that won’t soon be forgotten:

Serena Gatherings (In More Ways)

After losing the first two games of the match, Williams began to find her rhythm and form in Game Three. During this rally at Deuce, Williams flew all over the field, returning every ball that Tan hit made her way and won the point with an overhead smash that brought her down to one knee. Perhaps this was Serena’s first real moment of the match. her best friend Caroline Wozniackiwho was commenting on the ESPN match, called it “very entertaining tennis.”

Cheers from across the net

During a multi-shot rally later in the first set, Williams again attempted an overhead shot, but this time Tan managed to get it back with a flawless backhand down the line until the match at 4-all. Even Williams had to applaud.

on her knees

Tied at 4-all in the third set, with Williams seeking to regain the momentum and the lead she had earlier had, the 23-time lead hit a perfect angle shot, then fell to her knees in celebration as she took the 40-15 lead in the game. With the roof now closed due to darkness, the Central Court roared in admiration and awe, and most of the crowd was on their feet.

the control

Williams was two points away from a victory in the third set before Tan broke it and tied the score at 5-all. She celebrated the match-deciding point with Williams’ slogan, “Come on!” for the crowd.

That winning moment

Tan, currently ranked number 115 in the world, was playing on her first Wimbledon draw – against Williams on Center Court, no less – and achieved the biggest upset of her career after more than three hours of hard play. Her celebration, as well as that of her family and friends in the stands, after the last point really said it all when she advanced to the second round in a major for only the third time in her career. The 24-year-old described it as a “dream”.

The crowd is on its feet

At the end of the match, the players were greeted with a standing ovation. It seemed especially poignant to Williams, who waved and swirled as she walked toward the exit while the crowd continued to cheer. It wasn’t as emotional as her departure at the 2021 Australian Open, but a fitting farewell – whether until next year or forever – to seven times Wimbledon.

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