Tan’s Dream Wimbledon Debut, Tennis-Serena Conqueror, Continues
France’s Harmony Tan continued her stellar Wimbledon debut on Saturday to book her first place in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, thrashing Britain’s Katie Boulter 6-1 6-1 in just 51 minutes. Tan, 24, proved her thrilling victory over seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the first round was no fluke and she has now won three straight matches at Tour level for the first time in her career.
“No, I don’t believe it yet – if I get some sleep tomorrow maybe I’ll believe it, but it’s amazing,” said Tan, who will then meet one of the two Americans, Coco Gauff or Amanda Anisimova, for a place in the quarter-finals, said on the ground. “I think I like the grass, I never play on that pitch but I like to play with slices and volleys and everything with my game, so I’m really happy.
“It was really emotional for the first round against Serena and after that it was just game by game and today was really good tennis.” Despite the home crowd’s partisan support on the second court, Boulter put up no resistance to Tan’s variety and superb court coverage and the world number 118 did not help his cause committing 21 unforced errors.
After taking on Williams on center court in a late-night thriller, Tan said she was happy to be placed on a smaller court. “Because when you play against a Briton on center court, I think there are a lot of people for her. I like to play on a small court,” Tan told reporters. “I like to play the first game too because I don’t wait all day.”
After breaking Boulter’s serve twice, Tan fired three aces in his fourth service game to win the first set in 27 minutes. The 115th-ranked Frenchwoman earned another early break in the second set, landed a ‘tweener’ shot to break Boulter again and a third break sealed a one-sided contest.
The big grin Tan didn’t allow Boulter a single glance at his own delivery, hitting his slices perfectly to open up the field and hit 16 winners against just five unforced errors. Tan’s game of shrewd slices, well-disguised soft shots and impregnable defense might not find too many new fans, but proved effective against power hitters on the grass.
“When I was young they told me I couldn’t be a very good player with this game, so it was really hard for me,” she said, with a constant smile on her face. . “I had no help, and financially it was really difficult.
“But there is one person who believed in me. It was (current coach) Nathalie Tauziat when I was 18, and we are working on that game.”
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