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

Wimbledon is a marathon, not a sprint. But when Round 1 comes to an end on Tuesday, it feels like a sprint. We’ve got another 64 games to go for Day 2 and we’ll see some big names. Serena Williams makes her Grand Slam debut after a year’s absence. French Open champion Iga Swiatek will look to extend her winning streak to 36 games. And 14-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will look to keep the momentum going after another Roland Garros triumph.

To see what happened on Day 1, click here.

Catch up on the biggest news from Day 2 below.

Serena Williams is eliminated by Harmony Tan

Serena Williams lost her first Grand Slam match in over a year on Tuesday. Harmony Tan, Rank 115, Williams defeated in three sets in the first round at Wimbledon.

Williams, 40, showed signs of her former glory but made too many unforced errors against Tan. Williams pulled ahead of Tan in the opening set but couldn’t hold on to her lead, losing the set 7-5. Tan and Williams traded points back and forth in the second set, but Williams won 6-1.

A crucial third set was at stake. Williams took an early lead again and took a 3-1 lead. She gave that away and allowed Tan to win the next four games. Williams fought back to make it 5-4 but failed to complete the comeback, losing the final set and 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 event.

Cressy upsets Auger-Aliassime

American Maxime Cressy upset No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, beating him 6(5)-7 6-4 7-6(9) 7-6(5) in over four hours. It was clear from the start that this match was going to be a long one as Cressy and Auger-Aliassime met shot after shot almost the whole time. Only one of the sets was decided without a tiebreak, and the match ended with a tiebreak in the fourth set. It’s a disappointing defeat for Auger-Aliassime, who failed to reach his quarter-final finish at last year’s Wimbledon. That was his big break and he must hope to do better at the US Open where he made it to the semifinals in 2021.

One to cheer for Cressy’s excitement is Rafael Nadal, whose section really gets in the way of the bracket without Auger-Aliassime.

Nadal defeats upstart Cerundolo

Francisco Cerundolo had an opportunity to beat a legend in the first round of Wimbledon but eluded him as Rafael Nadal prevailed 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4.

Nadal certainly didn’t cruise. Cerundolo fought hard in every set, coming back to tie Nadal 3-3 in the opener and splitting the first four games in set number two. He made it difficult for Nadal, who competed on Wimbledon grass for the first time since 2019. Cerundolo broke Nadal for the first time in the third set to equal the 2-2 and after equalizing again at 3-3, he won the next three games to win the set. Nadal was visibly frustrated with his game and Cerundolo continued to press. The mountain was higher for Cerundolo as Nadal took a 2-1 lead, but that doesn’t mean it was any easier for Nadal to correct his serve and the other things that had gone wrong with his game. But Nadal is a legend for a reason. Just when it looked like Line Cerundolo was ready to retire, Nadal stopped him. A 4:2 lead for Cerundolo became a 4:3 lead. Then a 4-4 draw. When Nadal won and increased the score to 5-4, it felt like it was over. And a game later it was time.

Tsitsipas wins the fight against Ritschard

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a back and forth fight against Alexander Ritschard to advance in Round 2. Ritschard really scared Tsitsipas in his first Grand Slam match, but the No. 4 seed managed to pull out a 7-6 (1). 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win when he had to. This was a curse-breaker for Tsitsipas, who was booted in the first round at the French Open last month, a tournament he almost won in 2021.

Fritz, 7 more American men advance in turn 2

It was a very good day for the American men at Wimbledon. Eight of them, including top seed American Taylor Fritz, advance to the second round on Thursday. Fritz, the 11 seed, secured a straight set win over Lorenzo Musetti, 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 through injury. They will all join Reilly Opelka, Jon Isner, Frances Tiafoe and Chris Harrison in Round 2.

Gauff wins narrow victory against Ruse

Coco Gauff, the runner-up at last month’s French Open, managed to survive a serious challenge from Elena-Gabriela Ruse. Eleventh-placed Gauff defeated Ruse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The wind was strong and affected both players, but Ruse was able to shake it off first. Gauff caught up with Ruse after taking a 2-0 lead in the first set, but then Ruse started and won the next four games. The tide turned in the second set when Gauff got back on his feet and hit the ball with aplomb. Since Gauff and Ruse shared the first two sets, it was the third that mattered. It was 3:3, then 4:4 and then 5:5. It was a stunning, drawn out match and both played exciting tennis. Gauff finally managed to take a 6:5 lead and didn’t concede a single point to Ruse in the last game. It was an extremely tough match but Gauff fought through and will play in Round 2 on Wednesday.

Swiatek overcomes challenge of fat

Iga Swiatek has now extended her winning streak to 36 straight games after beating Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3. The first set was an absolute insertion, with Swiatek Fett dominating and preventing them from winning a single game. The second set wasn’t that easy, though. Fett had a serious chance of taking the entire set from Swiatek. She forced a 3-1 lead, pushing Swiatek to the brink while fighting hard to take a three-game lead. Swiatek had to fend off five straight break points but managed to narrow their deficit to just one game. Just like that, the window was closed. She won the next five games to keep Fett out of the way and advance into round two. In her post-match interview, Swiatek admitted she had only played on grass for 12 weeks in her career. As Fett briefly proved, it’s possible to beat them. But if you look at how Swiatek made the comeback in the second set, it’s still going to be pretty tough.

Berrettini out with COVID

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, number 8 at Wimbledon, has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday. He said he had had mild symptoms for several days and was in isolation. However, he decided that “it was important to do another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.” Wimbledon 2021 runner-up Berrettini was widely expected to make it to the later rounds and make a serious run for the trophy.

Other notable results

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

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

  • Simona Halep’s quest to become a two-time Wimbledon champion continues in the second round after beating Karolina Muchova.

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 her first round victory over Croatia's Jana Fett REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

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

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