Wimbledon is a marathon, not a sprint. But when Round 1 ends on Tuesday, it feels like a sprint. We have another 64 matches scheduled for Day 2, and we’ll see some big names. Serena Williams makes her Grand Slam debut after a one-year absence. French Open champion Iga Swiatek will try to extend her winning streak to 36 matches. And 14-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will try to keep the momentum going after another triumph at Roland Garros.
To review what happened on Day 1, click here.
Catch up on the biggest news from Day 2 below.
Serena Williams eliminated by Harmony Tan
Serena Williams lost her first Grand Slam match in over a year on Tuesday. Harmony Tan, ranked 115th, defeated Williams in three sets in the first round at Wimbledon.
The 40-year-old Williams showed signs of her former glory but made too many unforced errors against Tan. Williams pulled ahead of Tan in the first set but was unable to maintain her lead, losing the set 7-5. Tan and Williams traded points back and forth in the second set, but Williams took it 6-1.
That set up a pivotal third set. Williams once again jumped out to an early lead, going up 3-1. She gave that away, allowing Tan to take the next four games. Williams fought back to make it 5-4, but she was unable to complete the comeback, giving up 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 event.
Cressy annoys Auger-Aliassime
American Maxime Cressy has upset No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, defeating 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 last a long time, as Cressy and Auger-Aliassime went shot-for-shot nearly the entire time. Only one of the sets was resolved without a tie break, and the match ended in a tie break in the fourth set. It’s a disappointing loss for Auger-Aliassime, who couldn’t match his quarter-final result at Wimbledon last year. That was the big break for him, and he will have to hope things go better at the US Open, where he reached the semi-finals in 2021.
One person who has to be happy about Cressy’s upset is Rafael Nadal, whose section of the pack really opens up without Auger-Aliassime in his way.
Nadal beats upstart Cerundolo
Francisco Cerundolo had a chance to beat a legend in the first round at Wimbledon, but it slipped out of his hands as Rafael Nadal prevailed 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Nadal certainly did not cross. Cerundolo fought hard in each set, coming from behind 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 grass at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019. Cerundolo broke Nadal for the first time in the third set to tie the score 2-2, and after drawing again at 3-3, he won the following three games to take the set. Nadal was visibly frustrated with his game and Cerundolo kept pressing. The mountain was higher for Cerundolo as Nadal had a 2-1 lead, but that doesn’t mean it was any easier for Nadal to fix his serve and the other things that had gone wrong in his game. But Nadal is a legend for a reason. Just when it looked like the Cerundolo line was about to pull away, Nadal stopped him in his tracks. A 4-2 lead for Cerundolo turned into a 4-3 lead. Then a 4-4 draw. Once Nadal won to bring the score to 5-4, it seemed like it was all over. And one game later, he was.
Tsitsipas wins the battle against Ritschard
Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a see-saw battle against Alexander Ritschard to advance to Round 2. Ritschard, in his first Grand Slam match, really scared Tsitsipas, but the No. 4 seed managed to pull out a 7-6(1) , 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 won when he needed to. This was a decisive factor for Tsitsipas, who was sent off in the first round of the French Open last month, a tournament he came close to winning in 2021.
Fritz, 7 other American men advance to Round 2
It has been a very good day for the American men at Wimbledon. Eight of them, including Taylor Fritz, the top-seeded American, advance to the second round on Thursday. The 11th-seeded Fritz cruised to a straight-sets victory against Lorenzo Musetti, with Marcos Giron, Mackenzie McDonald, Jack Sock and Jenson Brooksby also winning in straight sets. Brandon Nakashima and Maxime Cressy won in four sets, and Steve Johnson advanced when his opponent was forced to withdraw due to injury. They will all join Reilly Opelka, Jon Isner, Frances Tiafoe and Chris Harrison in Round 2.
Gauff narrowly beats Ruse
Coco Gauff, a finalist at last month’s French Open, managed to survive a serious challenge from Elena-Gabriela Ruse. The 11th-seeded 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 she jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first set, but that’s when Ruse broke out and won the next four games. The tables turned in the second set, when Gauff regained her balance and began hitting the ball with authority. With Gauff and Ruse splitting the first two sets, it all came down to the third. It was tied 3-3, then 4-4, then 5-5. It was a knockdown and drag fight, and they both played some exciting tennis. Gauff eventually managed to fight his way to a 6-5 lead and did not allow Ruse to score a single point in the final game. It was an extremely tough match, but Gauff broke through and will play in Round 2 on Wednesday.
Swiatek overcomes Fett’s challenge
Iga Swiatek has now extended her winning streak to 36 straight matches after beating Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3. The first set was an absolute thrashing, with Swiatek dominating Fett and preventing him from winning a single game. However, the second set was not so easy. Fett had a great opportunity to take the entire set from Swiatek. She clawed her way to 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 she managed to cut her deficit down to just one game. Just like that, the window closed. She won the next five games to put Fett away 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 demonstrated, it is possible to beat her. But seeing how Swiatek managed to come from behind in the second set, it will still be quite difficult.
Berrettini out with COVID
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the No. 8 seed at Wimbledon, has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced the news Tuesday on Instagram, saying that he had been experiencing mild symptoms for several days and that he had been isolating. However, he decided that “it was important to conduct another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.” Berrettini, the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, was largely expected to reach the later rounds and make a serious run for the trophy.
Other outstanding results
Americans Shelby Rogers and Sloane Stephens lost, as did almost every other American woman who played Tuesday.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia won a five-set thriller against Paul Jubb of the UK.
Simona Halep’s quest to become a two-time Wimbledon champion will continue in the second round after she beat Karolina Muchova.
This post will be updated throughout the day.