Updated on 29/06/2022 at 17:25
- From a German perspective, the second Wimbledon day goes badly – a mother of two is the only highlight.
- In the evening, the audience then sees a drama by 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams has suffered a dramatic defeat on the long-awaited return from a year-long break. The 23-time Grand Slam tournament winner lost Tuesday night in 3:10 hours 5: 7, 6: 1, 6: 7 (7:10) against French Harmony Tan. The 40-year-old was far from his previous form in the first individual after his serious thigh injury the same place a year ago. She was greeted with great cheers by the spectators at Center Court.
“It was a very long fight,” Williams said exhausted, recalling his injury. “But it’s definitely better than last year.” So she has to wait for the long-awaited 24th success in a Grand Slam tournament, with which she would set the record for Australian Margaret Court.
Despite his routine, Williams was unable to prevent his third defeat in a Grand Slam opening match against the Wimbledon debutant. “It’s a dream for me. I saw Serena on TV when I was young,” Tan hissed. “I was scared on the field, but I was pretty happy in the end.”
Prompted by Sister Venus and her mother, the American lacked combat training and liveliness in the beginning. Williams had only played competitive matches in doubles. The seven-time Wimbledon champion wanted to keep the competitions short and celebrated points victories with loud screams. World number 115. Tan used stops to let Williams run.
Bitter day for German tennis professionals – except Tatjana Maria
On a very bitter day for the German tennis professionals at Wimbledon, only Tatjana Maria could celebrate her debut victory as a mother of two. The 34-year-old reached the second round as the only one of seven Germans to start on Tuesday. “Wimbledon is my favorite Grand Slam and this is the first Grand Slam match I have won with both daughters,” Maria exclaimed. “It’s something special to me.” She last won a match on the lawn classic in 2018, and her daughter Cecilia was born 14 months ago.
For a German sextet around the recently corona-positive Andrea Petkovic, the sporty end came. For fellow favorite Matteo Berrettini, the tournament was over even before the first serve. With a black-and-white photo and sad words, last year’s finalist announced his corona infection and heightened concerns about the virus at the tournament. The Italian wrote that he was “crushed” and was the second prominent tennis professional to announce his corona-related cancellation after former US Open champion Marin Cilic.
Berrettini after his Corona exit: “No words how extremely disappointed I am”
In view of the rapidly increasing number of positive tests in England and no restrictions for players and spectators, Corona returns to focus after the tournament was canceled two years ago. “I have no words to describe how extremely disappointed I am,” Berrettini wrote on Instagram. He had reached the final against Serbian Novak Djokovic in 2021 and was now one of the top favorites to win the title. Cilic had trained with top-seeded defending champion Djokovic at Center Court on Thursday. Djokovic says he is still unvaccinated.
Both players and spectators are no longer required to provide evidence of vaccination or negative tests at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. There is also a close audience in the professional area, especially on the first days of the tournament. “When it rains, all the players and all the guests are in the restaurant and there is not much seating,” Andrea Petkovic reported after her first round defeat with 4: 6, 3: 6 against Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland.
Wimbledon 2022: The Germans are eliminated – sometimes without a chance
Also for the German Wimbledon debutants Nastasja Schunk (4: 6, 2: 6 against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu), Tamara Korpatsch (7: 6 (9: 7), 5: 7, 2: 6 against the British Heather Watson), Daniel Altmaier (3: 6, 5: 7, 5: 7 against Mikael Ymer from Sweden) and Nicola Kuhn (3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 1), 3: 6, 2: 6 against Brandon Nakashima from the USA) came the end . As the last German on Tuesday, Dominik Koepfer lost 4: 6, 5: 7, 6: 7 (1: 7) to Colombian Daniel Galan.
That means a total of five German tennis professionals, led by Angelique Kerber, are in the second round and all are back in action on Wednesday. The 22-time Grand Slam tournament winner Rafael Nadal of Spain had a hard time, but won in four hard-fought sets against Argentine Francisco Cerundolo.
Petkovic also spoke in favor of returning a measure in light of his own negative corona experiences at the French Open. “If I had something to say, I would reintroduce the mask indoors,” the 34-year-old said, but also admitted: “It’s hard because people also want to go back to normal life. It was really hard now, two years, It I can well understand. “
Petkovic apparently contracted Corona in Paris
The native of Darmstadt had been infected with the corona virus about a month before Wimbledon. “I’ve been really sick for three days and then five days flat, I could not have played like that,” Petkovic said. She suspects she was infected in Paris, where for the first time there were no longer mask requirements in the cabin. She originally wore a mask for the first three days. “Then people saw me like that stupid look because I was the only one.”
Also at Wimbledon, up to 42,000 spectators filled the facility without masks, interviews with the professionals were conducted in cramped, windowless spaces. The number of positive tests in England had risen by more than a third to over 100,000 in seven days in the previous week. (dpa / sap)
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