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Wimbledon round-up: Harmony Tan upends Serena Williams in three-hour thriller

Harmony Tan took out Serena Williams in the first round. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon has arrived, with plenty of action set to unfold in the coming week.

Just Women’s Sports will have a daily round-up of all the action as it happens.

Tuesday, June 28

Harmony Tan bests Serena Williams in three-hour thriller

Serena Williams and Harmony Tan gave everyone their money’s worth Tuesday with a three-hour match that went to a tie break.

Tan took the first set 7-5 before Williams won the second 6-1. Williams looked in control in the third before Tan fought back.

In the tie break, Williams went up 4-0 before Tan again battled back to tie it 4-4. From there, she took control to win 10-7 and take the first-round victory.

Iga Swiatek wins 36th straight match

Swiatek secured the longest winning streak of this century Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jana Fett.

She admitted that she’s still learning how to play the grass courts at Wimbledon after battling back from down 1-3 in the second set. But she also admitted she wishes she could test herself against the now retired Ash Barty.

“I’m pretty sad Ash isn’t here because I would love to play against her on grass,” Swiatek said.

Emma Raducanu takes Centre Court

British phenom Emma Raducanu easily took her first round match – and her first match on Centre Court – defeating Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 6-4. The win answered some big questions about Raducanu’s health. She next faces Caroline Garcia.

Coco Gauff survives early test

Elena-Gabriela Ruse gave Coco Gauff a run for her money Tuesday, winning the first set before Gauff responded to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Gauff won the go-ahead tie break in the third set 5-5 when Ruse double-faulted to give Gauff her sixth break point of the game.

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Off the ball

  • Venus Williams is poised to play in the mixed doubles tournament with Jamie Murray. It’ll be Williams’ first time hitting the professional court since August 2021, when she lost in Chicago. She had been spotted over the weekend on the practice courts at Wimbledon.
  • Leylah Fernandez is missing Wimbledon this year with a foot fracture. But she gave an update on Twitter with a video of her hitting a ball against the wall with a boot on her foot, revealing that while she is “physically at home” she’s “mentally at Wimbledon.”
  • Billie Jean King provided an update to the Wimbledon honors board, showcasing the recent update that removed “Miss” or “Mrs.” from players’ names on the board.