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Wimbledon 2022: Serena Williams’ victor Harmony Tan slammed after withdrawal

Harmony Tan beat Serena Williams on Monday in a first-round singles match and faces Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round on Thursday.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Harmony Tan of France hits a back hand against Serena Williams of the United States in the first round of the women's singles during day two of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)
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Tamara Korpatsch has slammed doubles partner Harmony Tan for pulling out of their first-round women’s doubles match at Wimbledon.

Tan beat Serena Williams on Monday in a first-round singles match lasting more than three hours and faces Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round on Thursday.

Williams went down 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10-7) on Centre Court in her first singles match since being forced to withdraw in the opening round of last year’s tournament at the All England Club.

After victory over Williams, Tan then pulled out of the doubles on Tuesday afternoon ahead of a scheduled clash against Nadiia Kichenok and Raluca Olaru citing a thigh injury, which caused huge frustration for her doubles partner Korpatsch.

Furious Korpatsch

Korpatsch, who was beaten by Heather Watson in the first round of the singles took to Instagram to show her frustration with the last-minute message.

“Unfortunately my doubles partner H Tan retired from our doubles today.

“She just texted me this morning. Let me wait here one hour before the match start. I’m very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I can’t play my first doubles grand slam.

“And it’s really not fair for me I didn’t deserve that. She asked me before the tournament if we wanna play doubles and I said yes, I didn’t ask her, she asked me! If you’re broken after a 3h match the day before, you can’t play professional. That’s my opinion.”

Double partners replaced

Korpatsch and Tan were eventually replaced in the draw by Valentini Grammatikopoulou and Peangtarn Plipuech.

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