Venus and Serena Williams practice together in Washington

Serena Williams, a 23-time Major champion, is back on the practice court after vacationing in Greece. Serena traveled to Washington with her sister Venus, but she won’t be at the Citi Open the following week. Williams, who obtained a wild card and agreed to play in just her second singles tournament following Wimbledon last year, is expected to compete in Toronto between August 8 and 14.

Before entering her 21st Wimbledon, the veteran made an unexpected comeback in Eastbourne in June, competing in the doubles tournament with Ons Jabeur. The seven-time All England Club champion fell to world no. in a heartbreaking 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 defeat.

In the first round, there were 115 Harmony Tan in three hours and eleven minutes. Williams opened a 4-0 lead in the match tie break when she served for the victory in the last moments of the third set.

The practice court is once again home to Serena Williams.

She ran out of gas and missed those chances to knock on the door of the exit against the Wimbledon rookie.

In the second set, Williams was at her best, and she had a chance to win the match in the decider and get closer to her 100th Wimbledon victory. Instead, she lost the match tie break 10-7, allowing the opponent to advance. The second set gave Serena five more points, but even with the overwhelming backing of the audience, it was not enough to get her through.

The American took an early lead in the first game before winning four straight games, 4-2. After that, Tan grabbed control, making a comeback and winning another game at 5-5. In game 12, the French player avoided a break point to win the opening set and gain momentum.

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In the second set, Serena was the sole participant on the court and she completely dominated the opponent on serve and return. To force a decider, Williams jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and won the set 6-1 on her serve. In the third set, Serena led 3-1 when Harmony tied the score at 3-3 to add to the tension.

At 4-4 in game 10, Williams got another break and served to win. Serena played careless shots and brought the opponent back to 5-5 despite barely having anything left in the tank. In game 12, the American established a 4-0 lead by saving a match point on serve to start the match tie break.

At 9-7, Tan saved the first match point and experienced the finest moment of her career after scoring five straight points to eliminate the deficit. In 2000, Serena made her Canadian debut, losing the championship match to Martina Hingis. Before losing in the semifinals in 2014 and 2015, she won championships in 2001, 2003, and 2013. Williams, a finalist in Toronto 2019, retired after a few games against Bianca Andreescu.

Venus and Serena Williams practice together in Washington
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