Visual History: Serena Williams falls to Harmony Tan in decisive tiebreaker on 21st Wimbledon appearance


In her debut as a 16-year-old, Serena reached the third round.

[Leaves With 2 Career Wimby Wins]

Note: A first taste of major success came in mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi.


Having missed the event a year prior, Serena came in as the reigning US Open champ. She made her way to a maiden semifinal.

[Leaves With 7 Career Wimby Wins]

Note: Serena also partnered sister Venus to their first of six doubles titles here (they are 14-0 overall in major team finals).


The No. 5 seed, Serena was stopped in the quarterfinals by Jennifer Capriati, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3.

[Leaves With 11 Career Wimby Wins]


In part two of her eventual ‘Serena Slam’ that involved beating Venus in four straight major finals, the American won her first singles crown at SW19 with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win.

[Leaves With 18 Career Wimby Wins]


She successfully retained the crown the following year by rallying past her big sis, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

[Leaves With 25 Career Wimby Wins]


Having won six of her first seven major final appearances, Serena’s hot streak was halted in the championship match by a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova.

[Leaves With 31 Career Wimby Wins]


A surprise exit at the hands of countrywoman Jill Craybas saw the No. 4 seed fall in the third round (Venus would avenge the loss a round later).

[Leaves With 33 Career Wimby Wins]


Having missed the bulk of 2006 with a chronic knee injury, Serena won the Australian Open as the world No. 81. Top-ranked Justine Henin edged her in three sets to take their London quarterfinal, however.

[Leaves With 37 Career Wimby Wins]


She made her way back to the title match, only to be outclassed by Venus, 7-5, 6-4…

[Leaves With 43 Career Wimby Wins]


… but got her chance to avenge the defeat 12 months later after surviving Elena Dementieva in a spellbinding semifinal to prevail 8-6 in the third courtesy of a saved match point...

… and in another all-Williams final, Serena emerged victorious, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

[Leaves With 50 Career Wimby Wins]


Serena celebrated major No. 13 when she ran through the draw without dropping a set. A 6-3, 6-2 win over Vera Zvonareva sealed it.

[Leaves With 57 Career Wimby Wins]


Hopes for a three-peat were dashed by Marion Bartoli in the round of 16. Given Serena had overcome a pulmonary embolism just months prior, simply having her back on the major stage was a victory in itself.

[Leaves With 60 Career Wimby Wins]


A dominant stretch of five titles from seven majors began at the AELTC…

… as Serena took down defending champion Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwańska to close with a thump.

[Leaves With 67 Career Wimby Wins]


A pair of unexpected departures then followed, beginning with a fourth-round loss to Sabine Lisicki to snap a 34-match win streak…

[Leaves With 70 Career Wimby Wins]


… and a third-round ouster to Alizé Cornet on her next trip.

[Leaves With 72 Career Wimby Wins]


But then Serena came through in a big, big way, Topping Venus, Azarenka, Sharapova and Garbiñe Muguruza in succession…

… the world No. 1 kept her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam intact with her 21st major triumph.

[Leaves With 79 Career Wimby Wins]


Serena captured her seventh (and most recent) Wimbledon singles trophy when she beat Angelique Kerber, the woman who took their Australian Open final clash earlier in the year.

[Leaves With 86 Career Wimby Wins]


Playing the event for the first time as a mom, Serena made an inspiring run to the championship match. Kerber won in straights.

[Leaves With 92 Career Wimby Wins]


She once again came within two sets of a record-tying 24th major, but Simona Halep produced a sublime performance to clinch the crown, 6-2, 6-2.

[Leaves With 98 Career Wimby Wins]


One terrible slip on Centre Court abruptly ended Serena’s tournament after just six games. A torn hamstring sidelined her from competition just shy of a full year.

[Leaves With 98 Career Wimby Wins]


Making a return that took many by surprise, Serena met Harmony Tan in her first singles match since walking off injured here a year ago...

... and served for the match. After failing to close, Serena saved a match point to reach a decisive tiebreaker. Tan won the sudden-death situation after trailing 0-4 to advance, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 [10-7].

[Leaves With 98 Career Wimby Wins]