France’s Harmony Tan enjoyed the highlight of her career on Tuesday night at Wimbledon after winning a three-set thriller against Serena Williams, but the 23-time Grand Slam champion is not the only one who will have a bad memory of that match. Tan’s doubles partner Tamara Korpatsch is now left hanging and extremely upset about it, as the Williams sister conqueror has told her she would not have energy to compete with her in doubles.
Harmony Tan and Serena Williams fought for three hours and ten minutes in the first round on Center Court. The singles world No.115 Tan managed to stay calm and focused on her Wimbledon main-draw debut and edged the tournament’s seven-time champion in a contest that could have gone either way.
On Wednesday morning, Tan shocked her doubles partner Tamara Korpatsch by withdrawing from the doubles event. The German player shared her frustration on social media:
Unfortunately my doubles partner Harmony Tan retired from our doubles today. She just texted me this morning. Let me wait here one hour before the match start. I’m very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I can’t play my first doubles Grand Slam. And it’s really not fair for me. I didn’t deserve that.
To make the situation worse, it was Tan who asked Korpatsch to team up in doubles:
She asked me before the tournament if we wanna play doubles and I said yes, I didn’t ask her, she asked me! If you’re broken after a three-hour match the day before, you can’t play professional. That’s my opinion.
Tan faces Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round of singles on Thursday.
UPDATE: Tamara Korpatsch talked to Harmony Tan and they sorted out all their misunderstandings. Korpatsch wrote:
She made me clear about her injury now and we already apologized to each other. As a fact, I will delete my previous post regarding this situation. And I will ask not to write bad comments to her, don’t want that she gets insults.