At Wimbledon on Tuesday, Serena Williams lost her eagerly awaited return to singles tennis.
The Frenchwoman Harmony Tan defeated the 40-year-old tennis pro in the opening round, 5-7 6-1 6-7 (7-10) In a post on Instagram, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who maintained her composure by calling the defeat “crazy and intense,” described the setback.
It was intense and insane. Though it wasn’t the outcome I was hoping for, I must admit that I liked that. I’m assuming you did as well.
In the caption of her image, she concluded with a pair of smiley emoticons and wrote, “Onward and up.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion had to withdraw from the tournament’s opening round, and this match represented the passing of almost a year since that time. Williams was forced to leave the court in tears after tearing her hamstring.
The tennis master’s supporters were eager to congratulate and encourage her after her defeat on Tuesday.
Her attendance at the match was acknowledged as a “delight” by Wimbledon’s official Twitter account in a tweet. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis competition in the world.
Incredibly, a fan commented in response to William’s Instagram post. Amazing work from you. It’s very motivating.
Another person added, “You have my admiration and support forever.” I’m eager to see you back out there.
The French Open, also called Roland-Garros, posted a statement on its official account about Williams’ performance, which was met with a standing ovation from the audience.
The account wrote, “7-time champion receives a well-deserved standing ovation.”
Serena Williams will be remembered as one of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of the outcome. Nothing to demonstrate, yet at 40 offered everything,” another Twitter user wrote. Extremely strong desire. Excellent sportsperson. Legend”
One person responded to Serena Williams’ loss by tweeting, “Serena Williams could lose in the first round of every major she plays for the rest of her career and she’d still be the greatest tennis player — male or female — ever.”
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Venus Williams, her sister, and Oracene Price, her mother, were there to support Williams during the match.
The two women were sitting behind Alexis Ohanian, Williams’ spouse, who was watching from the stands and encouraging the tennis star.
Williams also holds 73 singles titles in addition to her 14 women’s doubles Grand Slam victories.
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