One and done.
But what a one-match return it was for Serena Williams, who was eliminated in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday by France’s Harmony Tan in a three-set marathon.
The match went about three hours and wasn’t settled until Tan captured a tie-break 10-7 in the third set. Williams was up 4-0 in the 10-point tiebreak.
The final was 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7) for Tan,
Williams had a chance to serve for the match in the third set but could not close out her determined French opponent.
This was Williams’ first match in a year since she was injured at Wimbledon.
Williams was up against an opponent in Tan who battled and never gave in to the 23-time Major champion.
William is 40 years old and has been chasing that elusive 24th major for years.
In the deciding set, Williams broke Tan in the third game and held serve for a 3-1 lead, but Tan refused to quit. The French player kept the former No. 1 off balance, winning three straight games as Williams’ unforced errors started to rise to take a 4-3 lead.
Williams fell behind 15-30 in the next game, but hit reset to win three consecutive points that included an ace to tie it at 4. In the following game, Williams hit a clutch drop shot to go up 30-15 — dropping to her knees afterward to celebrate — and then closed out the service break to lead 5-4.
Tan again picked herself up, breaking Williams’ attempt to close out the match on serve to tie it at 5. Williams, clearly tired, took a 30-15 lead in the next game but was unable to hold on.