This victory against Serena Williams at the end of the suspense and the super tie-break, to launch her tournament, was therefore a little more than a simple victory for Harmony Tan. That evening, on this Center Court that she was discovering, the Frenchwoman (115th in the world) swallowed a bowl of hyper-vitaminized confidence and savored a cast of certainties. She who had won in all and for all only two Grand Slam matches before this fortnight chained behind this prestigious success and climbed this Saturday in the round of 16 against an outdated Katie Boulter (6-1, 6 -1).
“Today was very good tennis, I don’t know why”, laughed the Frenchwoman, relaxed and smiling, at the microphone on the court. The Paris native delivered an ideal score and stifled her opponent, who was coming off a convincing victory over 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova. Very quickly, the Briton (wild-card, 118th in the world) seemed overwhelmed despite the support of an audience committed to her cause on this court n°2.
Tan’s grub, made of slices in backhands as in forehands, accelerations as sudden as surprising and an ability to defend on all the balls (a new point won on a tweener at the key), quickly became indigestible for Boulter.
Boulder without landmarks
The Frenchwoman took the lead at the entry score by achieving a break with a bit of success between a broken rope for her rival and two let balls which fell on the right side. But Tan did not need nudges from the net to achieve her second break marked by a sublime half-volley hit mid-court and by two very deep returns which disturbed her opponent.
By offering different balls almost every time, the Frenchwoman deprived Boulter of all her bearings as she played her hand, defending superbly when she was put in difficulty, accelerating as soon as she saw the opening to regain momentum. ground.
The second set was just as quick as the first, with a successful break from the start by Tan who kept the same attitude throughout the match and won his qualification on a double fault. At 24, here she is for the first time in the round of 16 of a Grand Slam and you had to be damn daring to take this bet at the start of the tournament. By 2022, she had won only four matches on the main circuit. One more victory and she will have doubled her total at this Wimbledon alone.