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Serena Williams vs Harmony Tan Wimbledon 2022: How and where to watch online for free, 28 June

Shubham Singh
27 Jun 2022
16:01

Rain has pushed back in London and it has been a rather tumultuous time for the tennis fans who love to clock it in during Grand Slams. The London weather is damp anyway but also provides picturesque views as we see the lovely grass-court basking in all its historical glory. And in this game of the Wimbledon’s First Round, Serena Williams will take on Harmony Tan on 28 June @ 04:00 PM (+03:00 UTC).

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As expected, BBC nabbed the rights to broadcast the game or the viewers in the United Kingdom, the home of Wimbledon. On the other hand, for the USA viewers, the iconic sports channel ESPN is going to broadcast the game whereas ESPN+ will also a chunk of games. On the other hand, for streaming enthusiasts, Hulu TV, Fubo, and Sling TV are great options to catch the game. 

Serena Williams vs Harmony Tan
Serena Williams overhead shot

Age is not just a number and when you watch sports, you can surely feel the effects of age as the body wears down with a number of injuries over the years. This goes for Serena Williams too, who needs no introduction to even the most casual tennis fans. The 40-year-old has had her day in the sun, being a number one player for more than six years in WTA rankings. She has won an unbelievable 23 Grand Slams and has nothing left to prove at this point.

The last couple of years have been tough for the tennis legend. She last played in Wimbledon, conceding a walkover against Aliaksandra Sasnovich as she went down due to her recurring injuries in what was one of the most painful moments in tennis history. It has been a year now since Serena has played in women’s singles and although not much can be expected, who knows if the legend has one more big run in her even at this point of her career.

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Tan is not one of the known players on the circuit but after drawing a game against Serena, her name is finding more recognition. She enters the tournament as a 113th-ranked player and has earned eight titles in singles and has enjoyed profound success. She is yet to find her footing in Grand Slams but she has had a decent year so far. During WTA 125K she reached the Semis and had a great game against Alison Van Uytvanck as she lost in two sets.

It will be interesting to see how Harmony responds to Serena here. This will be Tan’s debut on the Wimbledon scene. She doesn’t have much recent experience playing on grass but she will be up against a player who can be rusty and despite having a decorated career can be taken aback by someone who has played routinely in recent times. How will Tan’s recent experience serve her?

Context

Although bookmakers can say whatever they want, this is not an easy one to predict. The body of work will suggest that Serena has a clear edge but her lack of match practice can end up hurting her. Harmony isn’t on the same level as Serena whose serve speed back in the day rattled numerous opponents over the years but the lack of practice on grass can end up hurting Harmony. What will be the case when Serena unlocks her best game out of the blue and come up with her much-heralded speeds?

Win/Loss

Bookmakers back Serena as she has been given highly favorable odds by Bet365 of 1.28 to nab a win. This is not a surprise considering Serena on her best days will easily fend off Harmony but still, is that a fair assessment? Perhaps you can’t ignore her legacy!

Handicap/Games

This is the tricky part is we don’t know what version of Serenia we are going to see. The prediction for a two-set win has the odds of 1.80 in favor of Serena. I’d suggest betting on Serena at the end of the ay with a handicap of -4.5(1.90).

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