August 12, 2022

Serena Williams’ return to the Wimbledon court was halted by Harmony Tan, who beat the American in straight sets in the first round of competition. Sports Illustrated staffers Jon Wertheim and Chris Almeida discuss the game and what it means for Williams in the twilight of his career.

Chris Almeida: So here we are on the second day of the Championships late at night in England and not so late at night here in Chicago. Serena Williams is ruled out of the tournament after playing her first singles match in just over a year. She lost to 24-year-old Frenchwoman Harmony Tan 7–5, 1–6, 7–6. It was a long match, it lasted more than three hours. There were many timid gatherings. Tan looked like a player outside the top 100 trying to beat Serena Williams. Serena looked like someone who had taken a year off.