Harmony Tan overcame her fears of a Wimbledon nightmare after beating Serena Williams

Harmony Tan overcame her fears of a Wimbledon nightmare after beating Serena Williams

Harmony Tan defeated seven-time champion, Serena Williams, in their first-round match on Tuesday, turning Centre Court into her little paradise despite her initial worries of a Wimbledon nightmare.

At the cost of the former world number one, the 24-year-old French rookie won in three sets against the 23-time Grand Slam winner to earn her maiden victory on grass and go on to the second round.

Because I remember seeing Serena on television when I was younger, she said, “It’s a dream.

“Twenty years ago, my coach Nathalie Tauziat played her. Therefore, it is a sizable generation.

She is legendary. She did win 23 grand slams, after all. I was terrified as you portrayed her. I was afraid and delighted to be there when I was on the court.

In 1998, when Tan was only a few months old, Tauziat, who now coaches 2019 U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu, finished as Jana Novotna’s runner-up at Wimbledon.

The pre-match counsel Tauziat gave Tan was, “Enjoy it since it’s your first time at Wimbledon,” Tan said.

“You face Serena on Center Court. Also, take in the game.

Tan, rated 115th in the world, accomplished far more than that. Tan defeated Williams in two sets, taking the first set 7-5 before the American came back to win the second set, conceding only one game in the process.

The two fought to a third-set tie break, which Tan finally won as Wimbledon’s 11 p.m. curfew approached. Williams lost after giving up an early lead and continued playing for over three hours.

The Frenchwoman, who has never been beyond the second round of a Grand Slam, struggled to explain how she was able to change the outcome of the match in her favor.