Wimbledon 2022: Who is Serena Williams’ conqueror Harmony Tan?

It was a marathon first round match between the great Serena Williams and French star Harmony Tan on Tuesday evening as the fans were treated to share delight. 

In the end, it was curtains for 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams as Harmony Tan made her way into the second round. In a contest that lasted more than three hours, the French sensation got the better of Serena, but who exactly is Harmony Tan?

  • Harmony Tan outclassed Serena Williams in the first round of Wimbledon by 7-5, 1-6, 7-6
  • The first round contest lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes with the French star Tan winning in the third set tiebreaker
  • The defeat for Serena means her dream of equaling Margaret Court’s 34 Grand Slam titles remains unattended

Harmony Tan in Numbers

While Serena needed no introduction on the center court on Tuesday evening, it was her opponent Harmony Tan who was not used to the crowd. At 24, it was her first-ever match at the Wimbledon, having previously played only in the qualifiers.

Ranked 90 in the singles department, not much was expected from Tan on Tuesday evening as she brought her ‘A-Game’ to the court. 

Serena Williams vs Harmony Tan Match Stats
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Serena Williams was given a reality check in the first set of the match when she was outclassed 7-5. Although Serena did win the second set, it was the young French star that had other ideas. 

Tan managed to hold her nerves in the end as she beat the seven-time Wimbledon champion.

Serena Williams vs Harmony Tan

Serena WilliamsPlayerHarmony Tan
1Highest Ranking90
73Singles title8
23Grand Slam titles0
94.5 millionPrize Money (in Dollars)0.9 million
855Career Wins247

What next for Tan?

The victory for Harmony Tan was one of the biggest of her career. Her only previous Grand Slam wins came at the Australian Open at the start of the year and the French Open in 2021. 

The win goes down as one of the biggest in the history of the Wimbledon as Serena was handed a wild card for the tournament. 

While Serena Williams might have to wait for another day, Harmony Tan will be over the moon. But there will be no time for rest for the rising tennis star as she will next face Sara Sorribes Tormo who is seeded 32. Another upset could not be ruled out considering Tan’s hunger to win.

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