Serena Williams, who has won 23 Majors, is back on the practice court. After being gone from home for a few weeks, Serena traveled to Washington and worked out with Venus. Williams will play in just her second singles match of the year at the Canada Open in Toronto the following week.
After visiting Eastbourne in June, when she participated in the doubles draw partnering Ons Jabeur and improved her form in advance of Wimbledon, Serena astounded everyone. In the first round, the seven-time All England Club winner lost to Harmony Tan, ranked 115th in the world.
Serena, who was competing for the first match in a year, lost in a grueling three hours and eleven minutes, 7-5, 1-6, and 7-6. Williams established a 4-0 lead in the match tie break and served for the win in the final moments of the third set before going down in defeat.
The practice court is once again home to Serena Williams.
Williams fought back with a rock-solid performance in set two after Williams had fallen behind 4-2 in the first set, which Tan eventually won. In order to gain momentum, Serena established a 5-0 lead and won the set in game seven on her serve.
Williams, who was in fine form on the court, built a 3-1 lead in the decider until Harmony tied it up at 3-3. At 4-4 in game 10, the American broke once more to serve for the win and get one step closer to her 100th Wimbledon victory.
Instead, she made a poor play to turn the tide in favor of her adversary. Williams established a 4-0 lead in the match tie break by saving a match point in game 12 while serving. 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.
22 years after making her debut at this competition, Serena will aim for a better run in Toronto. Williams won titles in 2001 and 2003 until she announced her retirement in the championship match against Martina Hingis. After waiting a decade, Serena won her third Canada Open title in 2013 but lost in the semifinals the next two years.
Williams‘ most recent appearance in Canada was in 2019. To get to the final, she played well and prevailed against Elise Mertens, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Naomi Osaka, and Marie Bouzkova. After playing four games against a teenager named Bianca Andreescu, Serena retired owing to injury.