Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan live score, results, highlights from 2022 Wimbledon return

Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan live score, results, highlights from 2022 Wimbledon return

Serena Williams is back on grass. Nearly one year to the day when Williams was forced to retire from her first-round match at Wimbledon after tearing her hamstring, the seven-time champion is returning to the All England Club to take on France’s Harmony Tan.

Tan, 24, is one of France’s best young prospects. She is currently ranked just outside the top-100, but has just two main-draw wins at Grand Slam events and is playing Wimbledon for the first time. She’ll have her work cut out for her with Williams, perhaps the finest tennis player in history.

Williams is seeking her eighth title on the Wimbledon grass, a remarkable total. At 40 years old, Williams doesn’t have much more time at the top level.

But, one way or another, the eyes of the tennis world will be drawn to her on Tuesday when she gets back on that iconic Wimbledon grass.

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The Sporting News is tracking live updates from Williams and Tan’s first round match. Follow along below for updates and highlights from all of Tuesday’s action.

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Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan score

  1 2 3
Serena Williams 5 6 2
Harmony Tan 7 1 1

Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan live updates, highlights from Wimbledon 2022

(All times Eastern.)

4:34 p.m. – Williams notches the first break of the final set. Overcame a few wobbles to get her second game of the set.

4:28 p.m. – Tan secures the first game of the third set. Took a lengthy break prior to her final set, so it’s clear she’s feeling a little refreshed.

4:18 p.m. – Serena Williams takes Set 2! Dominant showing in the second, which was highlighted by a 20-minute second game. Third set, here we come!

4:13 p.m. – Regardless of what happens in this match, it feels like that second game of Set 2 will be a real inflection point. Williams has largely dominated since then, although Tan did secure her first game of Set 2.

Williams serving now with a chance to send the match to a decisive third set.

4:07 p.m. – Serena really is locked in right now. Continues to zero in on her return and Tan has no answers at the moment. 4-0 lead in Set 2.

4:01 p.m. – Wonderful exchange by Tan and Williams, who both sprawl across the turf. Serena just misses her effort, giving Tan the advantage.

3:54 p.m. – Williams gets the game! Incredible rally by the two players ends when Tan shanks her shot, hitting the official’s chair.

2-0 lead in Set 2 for Serena.

3:52 p.m. – Tan with a wonderful backhand to pull the game even. We’re talking about a 20 minute game here, unbelievable stamina from both players.

3:48 p.m. – This game is approaching 15 minutes of run time. Enthralling stuff here but it feels whoever notches this game will be feeling really confident heading into the rest of the set.

3:39 p.m. – Tan’s strategy has been frustrating for Serena if nothing else. Her mix of drop shots, chips and shots of real varying velocity has kept the seven-time Wimbledon winner on her toes. 40-40 in Game No. 2 of the second set.

3:30 p.m. – Serena has been in this position before. And she has tended to come back stronger.

3:24 p.m. – Looks like they’re taking an eight-minute delay before Set 2. Conversations going on at the court as to whether they should close the roof down. It is quite late out there.

3:22 p.m. – And Tan takes the set! Notches 5 of the last 6 games to take Set 1. Serena has to settle the nerves a bit, making a few uncharacteristic errors.

3:15 p.m. – Tan with a gnarly set of chipped forehands to keep Serena at bay and keep her moving. She holds the edge and has a chance to secure an impressive Set 1 victory after being down 4-2 earlier.

3:12 p.m. – Tan draws Set 1 back level after employing an impressive mix of drop shots and chipped efforts. Serena making a few uncharacteristic errors but that may be down to rust.

3:05 p.m. – Real show of emotion from both players. Tan with a lovely backhand into the corner which draws a yell from Tan and a clap from Williams.

Williams fires back with a fiery forehand of her own before turning to the crowd and letting out a scream.

Serena leads 5-4 in Set 1.

2:57 p.m. – Williams looking solid in her return to the court. Tan resorting to using delicate lob shots, which have proven effective but indicate Williams’ all-around game is superior.

Nonetheless, Tan notches the seventh game after a pair of Williams’ errors late. Heading to Game No. 8.

2:50 p.m. – Four straight wins game points for Williams. Tan having some trouble reading Serena’s serve.

2:46 p.m. – Williams is really coming into her own. Moving around the court well and showing good strength on her forehand and backhand.

2:43 p.m. – Serena takes control of Game No. 5, shutting Tan out. She now holds an edge over the French player, 3-2, in Set 1.

2:40 p.m. – And Serena notches the game. Impressive defensive play to draw the set back even. Williams is building steam.

2:38 p.m. – Serena still has plenty left in the tank, it seems. She charges back and forth to track a pair of Tan drop shots, then fires back to secure the point. She looks to be building confidence quickly now.

2:35 p.m. – Wimbledon’s official Twitter account welcoming Williams back to competition.

2:33 p.m. – Serena with a sensational play, tracking across the lawn before stretching out to put the ball past Tan.

Followed it up with a strong forehand followed by a vociferous yell. She holds the advantage in Game No. 4.

2:25 p.m. – Williams still working her way back, getting used to the rhythm again. Tan notched the first two games but Williams began to look back to her best in the third game.

She’s on the board now, but Tan leads 2-1 in set 1.

2:20 p.m. – Williams skews a shot wide of Tan and the French player takes the first game of the set.

2:17 p.m. – Williams hits the net after a short exchange with Tan, who gets the first point of the match.

2:11 p.m. – Serena Williams takes Centre Court! She arrives to a warm reception from the crowd.

2:03 p.m. – Nadal and Cerundolo just wrapped, with Nadal claiming the match in the fourth set. Williams and Tan set to take the court any minute now,

1:11 p.m. – Francisco Cerundolo and Rafael Nadal currently locked in an enthralling battle. Cerundolo just captured the third set, further delaying Williams’ return. Williams may have to restart her warmup given how long this match is taking.

12:09 p.m. – Just a few moments away now from Williams return to Centre Court. Rafael Nadal captured his second set against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.

Check here for updates and highlights from the match as it gets underway. 

How to watch Serena Williams vs Harmony Tan at Wimbledon

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN+, Sling

For U.S. viewers, ESPN will be handling broadcasting duties for Serena Williams’ Round 1 matchup with Harmony Tan. The match will also be live streamed on ESPN+ and Sling.

In Canada, TSN2 will carry the match, as well as TSN.ca and the TSN App.

What time does Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan start?

  • US/Canada start time: Approx. 2:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. local time in London)

Williams and Tan will likely take the court sometimes around 2:00 p.m. ET (4.00 a.m. AEST), although their actual start time depends on when the two earlier matches that take place at Centre Court finish.

Serena Williams’ history at Wimbledon

Williams is one of the greatest players to ever pick up a racket and she has tended to prove as much at Wimbledon. Williams has hoisted the Venus Rosewater Dish seven times in her career, tied with Steffi Graf for the second-most all time among women’s players. Only Martina Navratilova has won the tournament more than Williams and Graf, capturing the trophy nine times.

Williams last won the tournament in 2016, defeating German Angelique Kerber in straight sets. It was her second straight Wimbledon title.

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Wimbledon schedule 2022

The first round of Wimbledon wraps up on Tuesday, June 28. The tournament runs all the way until Sunday, July 10, when the men’s singles championship and women’s doubles final take place.

Here is the TV schedule for the remainder of the tournament.

Date Time (ET) Round US TV channel Canada TV channel
Tue., June 28 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. First round ESPN TSN1/2/5
Wed., June 29 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Second round ESPN TSN1/2/5
Thu., June 30 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Second round ESPN TSN1/2/5
Fri., July 1 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Third round ESPN TSN1/5
Sat., July 2 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Third round ESPN TSN1/2
  1-4 p.m.   ABC TSN2
Sun., July 3 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN TSN1/2
  1-4 p.m.   ABC TSN2
Mon., July 4 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 TSN1/2/5
  8 a.m.-4 p.m.   ESPN TSN1/2/5
Tue., July 5 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Quarterfinals (women) ESPN/ESPN2 TSN1/4/5
Wed., July 6 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Quarterfinals (men) ESPN/ESPN2 TSN1/4/5
Thu., July 7 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Semifinals (women) ESPN TSN1/5
  1-2:30 p.m. Mixed doubles final ESPN TSN1/5
Fri., July 8 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Semifinals (men) ESPN TSN1/4
Sat., July 9 9-11:30 a.m. Championship (women) ESPN TSN1/4
  11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Doubles championship (men) ESPN TSN1/4
Sun., July 10 9 a.m.-noon Championship (men) ESPN TSN1/4
  Noon-3 p.m. Doubles championship (women) ESPN TSN1/4