Serena Williams disqualified, Felix Auger-Aliassime upset with Maxime Crissy, Nadal survived

Wimbledon is a marathon, not a sprint. But with the first round ending on Tuesday, it feels like a sprint. We have 64 more games on day two 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 try to extend her winning streak to 36 matches. And Rafael Nadal, the 14-time French Open champion, will try to keep up the momentum after another Roland Garros win.

To review what happened on day one, click here.

Follow the latest news from Day Two below.

Serena Williams is eliminated by Harmony Tan

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

Williams, 40, showed signs of her former glory, but faced plenty of easy fouls against Tan. Williams edged Tan in the first set, but could not maintain her lead, losing the set 7-5. Tan and Williams traded points back and forth in the second set, but Williams grabbed it 6-1.

Created this third pivot group. Williams jumped back into the lead early on, taking a 3-1 lead. She gave that away, allowing Tan to take the next four games. Williams struggled to make the score 5-4, but could not complete a comeback, dropping the final set, and match, to Tan 7-6 (7).

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

Chrissy annoys Auger Aliassime

American Maxime Creasy defeated No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, defeating 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 take a long time, because Chrissy and Auger-Aliassim had been shooting each other pretty much the whole time. Only one of the sets was settled without a tiebreak, and the match ended with a fourth set tiebreaker. It’s a disappointing loss for Auger-Aliassime, who couldn’t keep up with his quarter-final finish at Wimbledon last year. This was his major breakthrough, and he will have to hope things go better at the US Open, as he reached the semi-finals in 2021.

The only person who should be happy about Chrissy’s annoyance is Rafael Nadal, who really opens up his section of the arc without Auger-Alisim getting in his way.

Nadal defeats arrogant Cerondolo

Francisco Cirondolo got a chance to beat a legend in the first round of Wimbledon, but it slipped between his fingers as Rafael Nadal swept 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Nadal certainly did not sail. Cerondolo fought hard in every set, returning to tie Nadal 3-3 in the first set, and split his first four games into the second set. It made it difficult for Nadal, who was competing on Wimbledon grass for the first time since 2019. Serondolo broke Nadal for the first time in the third set to tie the score 2-2 and, after tying again 3-3, won the next three matches to take the set. Nadal was visibly frustrated with his game, and Cerondolo kept pressing. The mountain was taller for Crondolo, with Nadal leading 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 as it looked like Serondolo’s streak was about to drift away, Nadal stopped him in his tracks. Cerundolo’s 4-2 lead turned into a 4-3 lead. Then tied 4-4. Once Nadal won to push the score to 5-4, it felt like it was over. And after one game, she was.

Tsitsipas wins the battle against Richard

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a trapeze fight against Alexander Richard to advance to the second round. Richard, in his first Grand Slam match, bullied Tsitsipas, but the No. 4 seed managed to come out 7-6 (1), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to win when he needed to. It was a jinx for Tsitsipas, who slipped into the boot in the first round of the French Open last month, the tournament he nearly won in 2021.

Fritz, 7 other American men advance to the second round

It was a good day for the American men at Wimbledon. Eight of them, including American top seed Taylor Fritz, advance to the second round on Thursday. Fritz, seeded 11th, had back-to-back wins against Lorenzo Mosetti, and Marcus Giron, Mackenzie McDonald, Jack Sock and Jenson Brosby also won in straight sets. Brandon Nakashima and Maxim Creasy won in four sets, and Steve Johnson took the lead when his opponent was forced to retire due to injury. They will all join Reilly Opelka, Jon Isner, Frances Tiafoe and Chris Harrison in the second round.

Gauff wins close to Ross

Coco Gauff, last month’s French Open runner-up, pulled off a dangerous challenge from Elena Gabriella Ross. The 11th seed Hollow defeated Rosa 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The wind was strong and affected both players, but Ross was able to get rid of them first. Gauff met Ross after jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first set, but that’s when Ross took off, winning the next four matches. The tables were turned in the second set, as Gauff got back on her feet and started hitting the ball hard. With Gauff and Ruse splitting the first two groups, it was all down to the third. It was tied at 3-3, then 4-4, then 5-5. It was a knockout battle, and they both played exciting tennis. Gauff finally managed to work her way up to a 6-5 lead, not letting Ruse score a single point in the final. It was a very tough match, but Gauff worked her way up hard, and she will play in the second round on Wednesday.

Swiatek overcomes the challenge from Fett

Iga Swiatek has now extended her winning streak to 36 consecutive matches after defeating Jana Vet 6-0, 6-3. The first set was an absolute paste, with Swiatek dominating Fett and preventing her from winning a single match. But the second group was not so easy. Fett had a serious chance to take the whole set from Swiatek. She worked her way up to a 3-1 lead and pushed Swiatek to the brink, fighting hard for a three-game lead. Swiatek had to spare five consecutive break points, but she managed to reduce her deficit to just one match. So, the window was closed. She won the next five matches to put Witt away and advance to the second round. In her post-match interview, Swiatek admitted that she only played on turf for 12 weeks of her career. As Feet briefly demonstrated, it is possible to hit it. But given how Swiatek was able to come back in the second set, it will still be very difficult.

Britney coming out with COVID

Italian Matteo Berrettini, the 8th seed at Wimbledon, withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced the news Tuesday on Instagram, saying he had been experiencing mild symptoms for several days, and had been in isolation. However, he decided “it is important to have another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and all those involved in the tournament.” It was largely expected that Berrettini, the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, would advance to the later rounds and have a serious cup competition.

Other notable results

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

  • Australian Nick Kyrgios won a thrilling five-set match against Paul Job of the United Kingdom.

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

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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

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