Who is Harmony Tan who beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon?

On paper, the match looked one-sided.

Serena Williams, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time and the holder of the most Grand Slam singles titles of the Open Era, took on Harmony Tan, No. 1. 115 in the world, in the first round of Wimbledon.

Tan, who played in her first Wimbledon, has not advanced past the second round in any of her previous six major appearances. Even Tang confessed to her court interview that she was “very scared” when she saw that she was facing Williams and hoped she could win a game or two on Tuesday.

At a pre-match press conference, Williams was asked if she was disappointed that she didn’t draw a more difficult opponent.

“Every match is tough; every match, Williams said, who competed in her first singles match on the tour after tearing her hamstring in the first round of Wimbledon last year and withdrew from the match. “Don’t underestimate anyone and not a single match.”

Tang, 24, confirmed Williams’ words by ruining her return to tennis and her quest for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title. Tang defeated Williams, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7). For 40-year-old Williams, this defeat was the second in his career in the first round of Wimbledon.

Tang, a Parisian native with Cambodian and Vietnamese parents, said she watched Williams often as she grew up. Tan turned pro when she was only 14, but it was her first match against Williams and she had never met a player with a career that even came close to that of Williams.

The highest ranked player she has faced is Elina Svitolina from Ukraine, who was No. 1 in the standings. 17th in the world at the time of the match at this year’s Australian Open. Tan retired in the third set of the match due to injury.

In this match against Williams, Tan had a slight edge in the form of her coach, Natalie Taouziat.

Thauziat, runner-up in the 1998 Wimbledon Women’s Singles runner-up. World No. 3, met Williams three times, beating her once in the Paris Open final in 2000. Tan did not mention in her post-match interview if Tauzia gave specific guidance based on her experience against Williams. However, she thanked Tauziat for her support after the victory.

“Today I am very surprised,” Tan said of her victory in an on-court interview.

She will have the opportunity to advance to the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career when she faces No. 32 seeded Spaniard Sarah Sorribes Tormo. The two faced each other earlier this year in Monterrey, Mexico, where Tan lost 6-2, 6-2.