Serena Williams eliminated, Felix Auger-Aliassime upset by Maxime Cressy, Nadal survives

Wimbledon is a marathon, not a sprint. But when Round 1 ends on Tuesday, it feels like a sprint. We have another 64 matches lined up for the second day and we will see some big names. Serena Williams makes her Grand Slam debut after a year. French Open champion Iga Swiatek will try to extend her winning streak to 36 matches. And 14-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will be looking to keep the momentum going after another triumph at Roland Garros.

To see what happened on Day 1, click here.

Find the biggest news from Day 2 below.

Serena Williams eliminated by Harmony Tan

Serena Williams lost her first Grand Slam match in more than a year on Tuesday. Harmony Tan, ranked 115th, beat Williams in three sets in the first round of Wimbledon.

Williams, 40, showed signs of her former glory but ran into too many unforced errors against Tan. Williams pulled ahead of Tan in the first set but was unable to hold on to her lead and lost the set 7-5. Tan and Williams traded points back and forth in the second set, but Williams took it 6-1.

This set up a crucial third set. Williams took an early lead again to make it 3-1. She gave it away, allowing Tan to play the next four games. Williams fought back to make it 5-4 but was unable to complete the comeback, losing the final set and the match to Tan 7-6(7).

It is the third time in her career that Williams has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Cressy upsets Auger-Aliassime

American Maxime Cressy upset No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassimo, beating him 6(5)-7, 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(5) in more than four hours. It was clear from the start that this match was going to be a long one, as Cressy and Auger-Aliassime traded blows almost the entire time. Only one set was tied without a tiebreak, and the match ended in a fourth-set tiebreak. It’s a disappointment for Auger-Aliassime, who failed to match their quarter-final finish at last year’s Wimbledon. That was his big breakthrough and he will have to hope to do better at the US Open, where he reached the semi-finals in 2021.

One person who has to be happy for Cressy’s upset is Rafael Nadal, whose part of the bracket is really opening up without Auger-Aliassime standing in his way.

Nadal defeats novice Cerundolo

Francisco Cerundolo had an opportunity to beat the legend in the first round of Wimbledon but it slipped through his fingers as Rafael Nadal prevailed 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Nadal definitely did not ride. Cerundolo fought hard in each set, coming back to tie Nadal 3-3 in the first set and splitting the first four games in the second set. He made it difficult for Nadal, who was competing on Wimbledon grass for the first time since 2019. Cerundolo broke Nadal for the first time in the third set to level the score at 2-2, and after leveling again at 3-3, he won the next three games to take the set. Nadal was visibly frustrated with his game and Cerundolo kept pushing. The mountain was higher for Cerundolo as Nadal led 2-1, but that doesn’t mean it was easier for Nadal to fix his serve and other things that went wrong in his game. But Nadal is a legend for a reason. Just when it looked like Cerundolo was about to pull away, Nadal stopped him. A 4-2 lead for Cerundola turned into a 4-3 lead. Then a 4:4 draw. Once Nadal won to make it 5-4, it felt like it was over. And one game later it was.

Tsitsipas wins the battle against Ritschard

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a see-saw battle against Alexander Ritschard to advance to the 2nd round. Ritschard gave Tsitsipas a real scare in his first Grand Slam match, but the No. 4 seed was able to pull away 7-6(1). When he needed to, he won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. It was a mistake for Tsitsipas, who entered the first round of the French Open last month, the tournament he almost won in 2021.

Fritz, 7 more Americans advance to the 2nd round

It was a very good day for the American men at Wimbledon. Eight of them, including Taylor Fritz, the top-seeded American, advance to Thursday’s second round. Fritz, seeded 11, won against Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets, and Marcos Giron, Mackenzie McDonald, Jack Sock and Jenson Brooksby also won in straight sets. Brandon Nakashima and Maxime Cressy won in four sets and Steve Johnson advanced when his opponent had to retire due to injury. They all join Reilly Opelka, Jon Isner, Frances Tiafoe and Chris Harrison in the 2nd round.

Gauff narrowly won over the Russian

Coco Gauff, runner-up at last month’s French Open, survived a serious challenge from Elena-Gabriela Ruse. The 11th-seeded Gauff defeated Ruse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The wind was strong and hit both players, but Ruse was able to shake it off first. Gauff caught Ruse after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first set, but that’s when Ruse took off and won the next four games. The tide turned in the second set as Gauff regained her feet and began hitting the ball with authority. With Gauff and Ruse splitting the first two sets, it went all the way to the third. It was tied 3-3, then 4-4 and then 5-5. It was a bump and drag battle and both played some exciting tennis. Gauff was eventually able to break out to a 6-5 lead and didn’t allow Ruse a single point in the final game. It was an extremely tough match, but Gauff worked her way through and will play in the 2nd round on Wednesday.

Swiatek overcomes a challenge from Fett

Iga Swiatek has now extended her winning streak to 36 straight matches after defeating Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3. The first set was an absolute trap, with Swiatek dominating Fett and preventing her from winning a single game. But the second set was not so simple. Fett had a serious chance of taking Swiatek the entire set. She forced a 3-1 lead and pushed Swiatek to the brink, fighting hard for a three-game lead. Swiatek had to fend off five break points in a row, but was able to reduce the deficit to just one game. Just like that, the window was closed. She won the next five games to put away Fett and advance to the second round. In her post-match interview, Swiatek admitted that she had only played on grass for 12 weeks of her career. As Fett briefly proved, it is possible to defeat her. But if we look at how Swiatek managed to reverse in the second set, it will still be very difficult.

Berrettini out with COVID

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, seeded eight at Wimbledon, withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday, he said he had been experiencing mild symptoms for several days and had been isolated. However, he decided that “it is important to carry out another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else in the tournament”. Berrettini, the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, was widely expected to reach the later rounds and make a strong case for the trophy.

Other notable results

  • Americans Shelby Rogers and Sloane Stephens lost, as did almost every other American who played on Tuesday.

  • Australia’s Nick Kyrgios won a five-set thriller against Great Britain’s Paul Jubba.

  • Simona Halep’s quest to become a two-time Wimbledon champion will continue in the second round after defeating Karolina Mucha.

This post will be updated throughout the day.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - June 28, 2022 Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her first round match against Croatia's Jana Fett REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Iga Swiatek held off a serious challenge from Jana Fett to advance to the second round of Wimbledon. (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

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