Wimbledon 2022: Serena Williams out after Tan clinches epic third set – live reaction!

That’s all for today, folks. It’s been another long but often thrilling day at Wimbledon, where Harmony Tan has caused quite the late night sensation by beating Serena Williams in a final set tie-break in one of a few epic matches played today.

In other news, six British players advanced to the second round today, while Nick Kyrgios made unsavoury headlines for bullying a line-judge and spitting towards a spectator.

Harmony Tan speaks: “I don’t know what to say because I am so emotinoal but she is a superstar and for my first Wimbledon but it is just … wow,” she says in her post-match interview with the BBC. “When I saw the draw I was really scared. It’s Serena Williams. She’s a legend and I was like ‘Oh my God, how can I play?’. I thought if I could win one or two games it would be really good for me.”

Harmony Tan beats Serena Williams!!!

Women’s singles: The incredibly dogged and tenacious Harmony Tan converts her second match point to beat Serena Williams in an absolutely sensational first round match. The Frenchwoman looked down and out on a couple of occasions but simply wouldn’t accept defeat in her ninth ever Grand Slam match against a seven-times champion.

Women’s singles: Williams nets another sliced volley to go 7-6 in arrears. She falls two points behind as Tan passes her down her forehand side. Another point for Serena makes it 8-7 to Tan on serve. Williams sends an attempted passing shot millimnetres wide to give Tan two more match points.

Women’s singles: It’s 5-4 to Harmony Tan, as Serena sends a return wide Williams stops the rot with a terrific drop shot that Tan doesn’t get near until the third bounce of the ball. With arguably her best shot of the evening – a sliced drop volley on the stretch – Williams goes 6-5 ahead only for Tan to pull another point back.

Women’s singles: Harmony Tan just doesn’t know when she’s beaten! She pulls back four points in a row to level proceedings, the third a sublime passing shot that clips the line.

Women’s singles: The clock ticks past the three-hour mark as Williams races into a 4-0 lead in the tie-break – first to 10 wins it, but the winning margin must be at least two points.

Women’s singles: Tan mishits a forehand, catching the ball with the frame of her racket to send it rolling along the floor into the net. Another long forehand from Tan means Williams holds her serve and we’re into a final set tie-break.

Women’s singles: Tan slices into the net as she attempts a drop shot before Serena sends a backhand long to make it 15-15. Williams nets a forehand to go 15-30 down but restores parity with a bludgeoned backhand that wrongfoots Tan. During the next point, Williams volleys wide with the court at her mercy after appearing to get lucky with and it’s match point for Tan. Williams saves it but doesn’t show a flicker of emotion. Deuce.

Women’s singles: Tan holds her serve but only just, winning to deuce with a fine backhand pass after drawing Williams to the net with a perfect drop shot. She’s showing few nerves in what is the biggest match of her career and is 6-5 up in the final set with Williams to serve. The players have been on court for two hours and 50 minutes.

Women’s singles: At 30-30 in the 10th game of the final set, Williams sends a return into the net to give Tan a break point. She wins it – drawing Williams to the net before passing with her a backhand from the baseline. It’s all square at 5-5 in the third!

Women’s singles: Tan is nothing if not dogged but another loose shot gives Williams a 15-30 lead. Williams sinks to her knees and raises her hands in the air after a stunning cross-court volley gives her two break points.

Serena Williams celebrates after a stunning cross-court volley gives her two break points against Harmony Tan in the 9th game of the final set of their first round match.
Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Tan rescues the first courtesy of another fine slice, but sends a volley into the net to prompt scenes of jubilation from Williams and her many supporters in the crowd. It’s after 10pm on Centre Court, it’s 5-4 in the final set and Serena is serving for the match.

Women’s singles: At 15-30 down in her service game, Serena wins three big points in succession to hold. Tan didn’t do herself any favours, sending two shots long to hand the American the game. It’s 4-4 with Tan to serve.

Women’s singles: Tan makes it three games in a row, holding her serve to go 4-3 up in the third set, forcing a crucial error from Williams who sends the ball into the net as she stretched to return a sliced backhand.

Women’s singles: Harmony Tan breaks back, earning herself a round of applause from Serena Williams as she does so with an inch-perfect splendid backhand from the baseline, to make it 3-3 in the final set.

Women’s singles: Serena Williams has a break of serve in the final set of her first round match against Harmony Tan on Centre Court. She raises her fist in weary triumph after beating Tan with a cross-court beauty of a backhand to go 30-15 up in the third game of the set, then wins the next two points to pull two games clear. Both players look exhausted.

Serena Williams celebrates after breaking the serve of Harmony Tan in the third game of the final set.
Serena Williams celebrates after breaking the serve of Harmony Tan. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Williams levels proceedings with Tan

Women’s singles: Still looking curiously subdued between points, Serena Williams powers her way to a 6-1 win in the second set of her match against Harmony Tan, hitting 22 winners to her French opponent’s six as she does so. It’s a set each on Centre Court and we’re into the decider.

Men’s singles: Liam Broady needed three hours and 30 minutes to down Lukas Klein in five sets and become the latest home player to go into the second round at Wimbledon.

Broady, the world No132, who made the junior final at the All England Club in 2011, recovered from being a break down in the decider to triumph 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-3.

It made the wild card the eighth Briton through to round two in the men and women’s singles and his reward is a meeting with Diego Schwartzman, who is seeded 12th and knocked out Broady in four sets last summer at the same stage.

Liam Broady fires off a forehand during his victory over Lukas Klein.
Liam Broady fires off a forehand during his victory over Lukas Klein. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Men’s singles: Wimbledon officials are deliberating over whether to fine Nick Kyrgios after he admitted he spat towards a spectator and called a line judge a “snitch” during a stormy first-round victory against Britain’s Paul Jubb. Sean Ingle reports …

Women’s singles: Great Britain’s Katie Boulter is through to the second round for the third time in her career after a straight-set victory over France’s Clara Burel on Court 18. Boulter started badly, going three games to love down in the first set first three games in the first set but rallied herself (pun intended) to win 7-5, 6-3.

Katie Boulter responds to the crowd’s applause on Court 18 as she celebrates her victory over Clara Burel.
Katie Boulter responds to the crowd’s applause on Court 18 as she celebrates her victory over Clara Burel. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA

Men’s singles: Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded No4, has seen off the Swiss challenger Alexander Ritschard in four sets, winning 7-6 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 against an opponent who was playing his first ever match on the Big Boys’ tour.

Women’s singles: The second game of the second set between Serena Williams and Harmony Tan is an epic that lasts just shy of 20 minutes and boasts 30 points. It ends with a break of serve for Williams, who is a set down but 2-0 up in the second.

Harmony Tan in action during her first round match against Serena Williams
Harmony Tan eyes the ball as she readies a return. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Women’s singles: It’s difficult to disagree with anything tweeted here by Kevin Mitchell, formerly of this parish. Serena looks curiously subdued and out of sorts in her first match back after a year out.

Despite the best/worst efforts of the BBC commentary, Serena Williams, sadly, is not playing “very good tennis”. She looks anxious and troubled after dropping the first set to the gloriously named but toweringly obscure Harmony Tan. #Wimbledon2022

— Kevin Mitchell (@kevinmitchell50) June 28, 2022

Men’s singles: Canadian sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime has been knocked out in four sets by America’s Maxime Cressy, who won 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2).

Maxime Cressy (right) shakes hands with Felix Auger-Aliassime after winning their first round match.
Maxime Cressy (right) shakes hands with Felix Auger-Aliassime after winning their first round match. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Women’s singles: Great Britain’s Katie Boulter is a set up against Frenchwoman Clara Burel in a game the player from Leicestershire is expected to win. It’s 2-2 in the second set on Court No18.

Tan takes opening set against Williams

Women’s singles: There are more celebratory histrionics from Harmony Tan as she serves out to taken the opening set against Serena Williams, who is struggling to cope with her opponent’s slice. The umpire announces there will be a short delay as the Centre Court roof is shut, prompting Williams to head for a comfort break. Tan remains courtside, sitting in her chair brushing her hair … which is kind of comforting.

Harmony Tan celebrates winning the first set against Serena Williams.
Harmony Tan celebrates winning the first set. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Women’s singles: Harmony Tan raises a fist in triumph after breaking Serena Williams to take a 5-4 first set lead, before exhorting all present to make more noise and get behind her. She’s serving for the set.

Dan Evans exits the tournament

Men’s singles: The British No28 seed goes out in the first round, losing in straight sets to Australian 29-year-old Jason Kubler.

DanEvans in action during his first round match defeat to Jason Kubler.
DanEvans in action during his first round match defeat to Jason Kubler. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Men’s singles: On No1 Court, the fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Switzerland’s Alexander Ritschard by two sets to nil and it’s 5-5 in the third.

Stefanos Tsitsipas returns to Alexander Ritschard.
Stefanos Tsitsipas returns to Alexander Ritschard. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

Women’s singles: After her opening wobble, Serena Williams wins four consecutive games to take a 4-2 lead against Harmony Tan on Centre Court, where there are a surprisingly large number of empty seats. Serena’s sister Venus is parked in one of the many that are occupied, alongside mum Oracene. Tan breaks back to make it 4-3 in a game Williams really should have won but threw away.

Men’s singles: Evans’s fellow Briton Liam Broady is 2-1 up against Slovakia’s Lukas Klein, who is 5-4 up in the fourth and about to serve to take the match to a deciding fifth set.

Men’s singles: Dan Evans is two sets down against Jason Kubler on No2 Court, with ther third set currently tied at 2-2. Evans is suffering from blisters on his foot, which are impairing his mobility.

Women’s singles: It’s been a cagey, error-strewn opening to the match between Serena Williams and Harmony Tan on Centre Court, where the score is two games apiece in the first set, with both players having broken each other once.

Serena Williams celebrates a break in serve against Harmony Tan.
Serena Williams celebrates a break in serve against Harmony Tan. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Rafael Nadal speaks: “First of all all the credit to Francisco, I think he started to play great and was a very tough opponent,” said the Spaniard in his post-match interview.

“Three years without being here on this amazing surface, it is amazing to be back and I can’t thank [people] enough for the support. It is not a surface that we play very often especially in my case in the last three years I didn’t put any foot on the grass. Every day is a test and I am at the beginning of the tournament and the difficult circumstances [under which] I arrived here.

“When you play well in Roland Garros it’s not much time between. I used to remember all beautiful days I finished the final in Roland Garros and was playing on the grass at Queens but by body is not allowing me. For me the most important thing is that I am in Wimbledon 2022 and I won the first match.”

Men’s singles: British wild card Alastair Gray pulled off an impressive straight-sets victory on his grand slam singles debut to reach the second round.

Gray, ranked 288 in the world, saw off former Wimbledon boys’ singles champion Tseng Chun-hsin 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (3) with a composed display on Court 14.

The 24-year-old from Twickenham, who attended the same US college as British number one Cameron Norrie, took the third set on a tie-break to potentially set up a clash with 11th seed Taylor Fritz in the next round.

Gray, the second lowest-ranked player in the men’s draw, had won ITF World Tennis Tour events in Shrewsbury and Glasgow this year but had never played above Challenger Tour level.

Serena’s back on Centre Court …

Women’s singles: A considerably better player than her world ranking of 1,204 would suggest, Serena Williams opens her eagerly-anticipated Wimbledon campaign with a double-fault against the 24-year-old Harmony Tan. The Frenchwoman breaks Williams, who looks a little nervous, at the first attempt

Men’s singles: Seeded 28 in the draw, Britain’s Dan Evans trails Australian World No99 Jason Kubler by a set and is a break down in the second, in which he trails 5-3.

Rafael Nadal through to second round …

Men’s singles: Rafael Nadal survives a fourth set scare to advance at the expense of the extremely game Francisco Cerundolo, winning 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Having gone a break down in the fourth, he looked to be wobbling but roared back with 11 consecutive winning points to leave Cerundolo on the ropes. The Centre Court crowd rewards the efforts of both players with a standing ovation. Next up on Centre Court? The lesser-spotted Serena Williams.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his first round match against Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndolo.
Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his first round match against Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndolo. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Nadal breaks back in the fourth

Men’s singles: Rafael Nadal and Francisco Cerundolo have been playing for over three-and-a-half hours and the Argentinian is 2-1 down in sets but 4-3 and a break up in the fourth. Due up next on Centre Court, Serena Williams’ long wait for her return to singles action will have to wait for a while yet.

But what’s this? Nadal finds himself with three break points on Cerundolo’s serve courtesy of three unforced errors but only needs one. It’s 4-4 in the fourth!

Nadal loses his serve in the fourth

Men’s singles: Leading two sets to one and with the score at one game apiece in the fourth set, Rafael Nadal survives five break points against Francisco Cerundolo only to lose the sixth in a game that lasted 13 minutes. Cerundolo has the break in the fourth and a sizeable proportion of the Centre Court crowd behind him.

Men’s singles: Jack Draper hit a significant milestone at Wimbledon with what appears likely to be the first of many grand slam victories. The 20-year-old has demonstrated this year that he is more than capable of building on his standout talent as a junior, rising more than 150 places in the rankings since taking a set off Novak Djokovic on his debut 12 months ago.

His game is particularly well suited to grass and he arrived at the All England Club ranked 94 in the world and an apparently genuine danger to the rest of the field after reaching the semi-finals in Eastbourne.

He drew another in-form player in Belgian Zizou Bergs, champion at the recent second-tier Challenger tournament in Ilkley, but Draper fought off three set points in the third set to claim a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory on Court 12. The British No4 faces a tougher assignment in the second round when he takes on Australian 19th seed Alex De Minaur.

Men’s singles: Rafael Nadal is showing no signs of discomfort or immobility from his injured foot on Centre Court, which is just as well because his Argentinian opponent Francisco Cerundolo has just pulled a set back. Nadal leads by two sets to one and the duo have been on court for two hours and 35 minutes.

Rafael Nadal faces a set back as Francisco Cerúndolo tales the third set.
Rafael Nadal faces a set back as Francisco Cerúndolo tales the third set. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Men’s singles: Out on Court No12, British prospect Jack Draper, ranked 94 in the world, has just beaten his blond Belgian opponent Zizou Bergs. The lanky 20-year-old from Sutton won in straight sets: 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Jack Draper
Britain’s Jack Draper plays a backhand return during his first round match against Belgium’s Zizou Bergs. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Women’s singles: Having fallen at the first hurdle at Wimbledon last year, Petra Kvitova has avoided the same fate this time around. The two-time champion, who last won the women’s singles at Wimbledon in 2014 came from a set down to beat Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Women’s singles: Emma Raducanu’s opening-round victory over Alison Van Uytvanck on Monday was her first two-set match at a slam since the US Open final and with her history of injury niggles and recent recovery from a side strain, avoiding staying on court too long could be crucial to Raducanu’s hopes of a good run at this year’s championships.

She will be looking for more of the same against France’s Caroline Garcia tomorrow. “I think that it helps at slams that you get a day off in between, so I think that is pretty valuable,” she said. “I felt good out there. There were some tough moments in the second set physically, but I told myself: ‘Push through, if you win in two sets, then you don’t have to play three’. That’s the tactic.”

Raducanu will return to Centre Court tomorrow for her clash with former world number four Garcia, who is now ranked 55. The Frenchwoman is in good form having won a title in Germany at the weekend but needed a final-set tie-break to defeat British wild card Yuriko Miyazaki in round one.

“Caroline is a great opponent,” she said. “I played her earlier on in the year in Indian Wells and it was a tricky match. She plays pretty fast tennis. I’m ready for that.”

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu in action on the Wimbledon practice court earlier today. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Women’s singles: The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova was a set down in her first round match against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, but has fought back to win the second 6-4. The No25 seed and two-times Wimbledon champion has an early break in the third and leads 2-1 on Court No2.

Men’s singles: Rafael Nadal has taken a two-set lead in his match against Francisco Cerundolo, his class prevailing as he storms into a 6-4, 6-3 lead over his young Argentinian opponent.

Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo during their first round match on Centre Court.
Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo during their first round match on Centre Court. Photograph: The Guardian

The ban on Russian players: Tennis fans at Wimbledon are split over the decision to ban Russian players at this year’s event. Organisers made the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Fans admit they understand why the decision was taken, though some questioned why players who can’t choose where they were born should be affected.

Wimbledon fans give their thoughts on the ban of Russian and Belarusian players – video

2022 runner up Matteo Berrettini, 9-0 on grass in 2022, withdraws from Wimbledon with Covid. Joining Cilic, who withdrew for the same reason.

Two top 8 favorites for the title in my opinion.

— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 28, 2022


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