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Wimbledon 2022: Tatjana Maria delighted to see Serena Williams back on court – She will fight till the last point

Wimbledon 2022: Serena Williams lost her first-round match to Harmony Tan of France. Tatjana Maria has advanced to the Round of 16 of the tournament.

Serena Williams of the USA. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Serena Williams lost her first-round match to Harmony Tan
  • On Friday, Maria defeated Maria Sakkari
  • Tan has qualified for the third round at SW19

Germany’s Tatjana Maria was overjoyed after the legendary Serena Williams made a comeback on court after a gap of nearly a year. The 40-year-old didn’t make a memorable return after she bowed out of the Wimbledon 2022 following her first-round defeat to Harmony Tan of France.

The game went right down to the wire where Tan won 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) at Centre Court. The 34-year-old Maria lauded Serena for her attitude of fighting her heart out irrespective of the match situation. She also talked about how her kids ardently follow Serena’s matches.

“I know her well, and it’s great for tennis to have her back. She goes out on court and she will fight till the last point. Charlotte (Maria’s daughter) was so excited watching her this week. She wanted to stay up and watch the match live,” Maria was quoted as saying.

“It was super special to see what she means to the kids, to the next generation, to show them what it means to be a fighter and to go out there and to fight till the end,” she added.

From a personal viewpoint, Maria had a day to remember on Friday, July 1. She defeated fifth seed Maria Sakkari in straight sets and qualified for the fourth round of the grass-court tournament at SW19.

She won the match 6-3, 7-5 and didn’t allow Sakkari to get a foothold back in the match. Maria will now face Latvia’s Jeena Ostapenko in the Round of 16 match on Sunday, July 3.

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