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Serena Williams Exits Wimbledon in the First Round, Again

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WIMBLEDON, England — It was the twenty first time that Serena Williams has performed Wimbledon. It was Concord Tan’s first time, however Tan would be the participant heading to the second spherical on the All England Membership.

Tan, a Frenchwoman ranked a hundred and fifteenth who’s little-known even in her nation, defeated Williams, the best girls’s tennis champion of her period, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7). Williams had not performed a singles match on tour since retiring within the first spherical of final yr’s Wimbledon in tears with a hamstring harm, however she received to play loads of tennis on Tuesday night on the Centre Court docket the place she had gained seven Wimbledon singles titles. Her grueling duel with Tan was a stylistic distinction that lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes. What was lacking for Williams was the upbeat, reaffirming end, and she or he didn’t hesitate when requested if she was OK with this being her remaining Wimbledon reminiscence if that was the way in which it turned out.

“Clearly not. You realize me. Positively not,” Williams, 40, mentioned. “However at the moment I gave all I might do, you already know, at the moment. Perhaps tomorrow I might have gave extra. Perhaps per week in the past I might have gave extra. However at the moment was what I might do. In some unspecified time in the future you’ve to have the ability to be OK with that. And that’s all I can do. I can’t change time or something.”

She did achieve altering the momentum on Tuesday in a match that was performed below open skies for the primary set after which below cowl the remainder of the way in which after the roof was closed to offer the stadium lighting essential to proceed. Williams dominated the second set however Tan fought again within the third whereas Williams’s stage and power dipped even when her combating spirit didn’t.

Although she saved a match level on her serve late within the remaining set and jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the tremendous tiebreaker, which is new at Wimbledon this yr, she couldn’t maintain on, lacking too many essential photographs, together with a forehand into the online on Tan’s second match level.

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“I feel bodily I did fairly good,” Williams mentioned. “I feel the final couple factors, I used to be actually struggling there, however I really feel like in simply these key factors, profitable a few of these factors, is at all times one thing mentally that it’s important to have, that you simply sort of want. I did fairly good on perhaps one or two of them, however clearly not sufficient.”

Tan’s clear-thinking poise below big-match strain was exceptional for a participant with so little expertise and who was making her first look on Centre Court docket. However she mentioned she needed to battle inside herself to consider that she actually might defeat Williams.

“Once I noticed the draw I used to be actually scared, as a result of it’s Serena,” mentioned Tan, 24. “She’s a legend, and yeah, I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, how can I play?’ If I can win one or two video games, it was actually good for me.”

She gained two units as a substitute, turning what might have been a feel-good story for Williams right into a slim defeat that may repose the query of how way more skilled tennis Williams intends to play. She is going to flip 41 in September, and her quest for a record-tying twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title appears more and more far-fetched. A longtime No. 1, she is now ranked 1,204th and can quickly don’t have any rating in any respect. However she offered no definitive reply as to if this was her remaining Wimbledon look.

“That’s a query I can’t reply,” she mentioned. “I don’t know. Who is aware of the place I’ll pop up?”

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However no less than she will be able to go away the All England Membership with a much less painful reminiscence than what she took from final yr’s Wimbledon, when she tore a hamstring after slipping within the first set of her first-round match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich, hobbling off Centre Court docket in nice misery. She didn’t play competitively once more till final week when she returned to play doubles in Eastbourne, England, with Ons Jabeur. Tuesday’s match in opposition to Tan was Williams’s first singles match in a yr, and to her credit score, she scrapped and hustled by the peaks and valleys.

“It was positively lengthy, a really lengthy battle and battle and positively higher than final yr,” Williams mentioned.

It was a ragged however in the end admirable efficiency as she tried to shake off the rust and resolve the myriad riddles posed by Tan, who had watched Williams solely from afar till their duel. “Seeing her subsequent to me earlier than we walked out on court docket was actually intimidating, as a result of she’s so imposing,” Tan mentioned in French. “It was tough and even on the finish, after we shook palms, she was nonetheless imposing.”

“Once I was younger I used to be watching her so many occasions on the TV,” she mentioned in her on-court interview. “My first Wimbledon is wow!”

That Williams got here near victory was extra a tribute to her willpower than her energy as she did not dominate together with her first serve or full-cut returns and as a substitute battled her method by prolonged rallies and compromised conditions within the third set, digging low for Tan’s crisply sliced photographs and hustling into the corners. Williams served for the match at 5-4 and was two factors from victory at 30-15 solely to lose the subsequent three factors and her serve when she hit an unconvincing forehand method shot that Tan slapped previous her for a backhand winner.

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Williams and her participant field filled with household, mates and group members, together with her new coach Eric Hechtman, weren’t capable of have fun. She fought off a match level when serving at 5-6, 30-40 with a forehand volley winner. She then needed to navigate the tiebreaker regardless of the weariness in her legs and the strain in her gaze. She jumped out to a 4-0 lead earlier than Tan reeled off the subsequent 5 factors by protecting Williams off steadiness.

Tan, coached by the 1998 Wimbledon finalist Nathalie Tauziat, lacks pure energy and has a puffball second serve, however she understands tennis geometry and has an unconventional software set that’s effectively suited to grass. She additionally had a very good scouting report: Tauziat is 54 and lengthy retired however she confronted Williams thrice in singles, defeating her within the remaining of an indoor event in Paris in 2000 on a quick, low-bouncing floor. Tauziat understood the significance of protecting Williams out of her prime hitting zones and of protecting her on the transfer.

“Thanks, Nathalie,” Tan mentioned in her on-court interview, trying towards Tauziat within the participant field.

From the beginning, Tan had Williams guessing and stretching, mixing often-exquisite drop photographs with forays to the online; towering lobs with counterpunched backhand passing photographs; sideswiping forehand slices with looped topspin.

“Some other opponent in all probability would have suited my recreation higher,” mentioned Williams, who was hardly ever capable of settle into power-baseline duels or any specific sample of play for lengthy.

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Nobody however Tan knew what was coming. Williams, who has misplaced to such variety-loving gamers even in her prime, usually regarded befuddled within the early going. She additionally regarded as tight as piano wire, struggling to let her pure energy circulation and lacking swing volleys and method photographs by the bunch whereas laboring to maneuver laterally.

That was actually comprehensible in mild of her lengthy layoff, and the group reacted with awkward silence at first. The grand tennis theater the place Williams has skilled so many highs and some lows by the many years was almost half empty firstly however because the match became a marathon, it was crammed with assist and emotion as Williams tried to keep away from solely the third first-round exit of her profession in a Grand Slam event.

She couldn’t fairly handle it, regardless of all her evident need, and there will not be many extra main tournaments to return, though Williams didn’t rule out a return to the U.S. Open, the place she gained her first Grand Slam singles title in 1999 at age 17.

“Your first time is at all times particular,” she mentioned, talking slowly and softly. “There’s positively, you already know, a lot of motivation to get higher and to play at residence.”

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NFL’s bad teams in 2021 have a shot in 2022: Who will go from worst to first?

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The sweetness in regards to the begin of the NFL common season is that each workforce has the identical file and the probabilities of a dream season are nonetheless on the desk.

The desires can flip into nightmares instantly. 

Those that had their hopes shattered final season want to flip it round and get again to the postseason.

The eight groups who completed final of their respective divisions final season had been the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls out a play throughout a recreation towards the Cleveland Browns Aug. 12, 2022, at TIAA Financial institution Area in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Geoff Clark, OutKick’s sports activities betting professional, advised Fox Information Digital he believed the Jaguars have the perfect shot at going from worst to first and successful the AFC South. The Jaguars are +750 to win the division, in line with FOX Guess.

“The obvious reply is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence is a stud, and his rookie season was a throwaway 12 months contemplating Jacksonville’s head teaching turmoil. The Jaguars employed a head coach with confirmed success and a Tremendous Bowl title in Doug Pederson,” Clark mentioned. 

“Additionally, Jacksonville’s entrance workplace acquired mad expertise to place round Lawrence, capitalizing on his rookie contract. To not point out 2021 first-round choice and Clemson teammate working again Travis Etienne must be wholesome coming into 2022.

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“The ultimate motive Jacksonville seems like a promising ‘worst-to-first’ contender is the AFC South: The Jaguars’ division is definitely the softest within the NFL. The Tennessee Titans might regress after successful a bunch of coin-flip contests in 2021 and parting methods with star broad receiver A.J. Brown this offseason. 

“The Indianapolis Colts have a brand new beginning quarterback for the fifth consecutive season and are not at all a lock for the division or AFC playoffs. And the Houston Texans are a dumpster hearth with one of many least gifted rosters within the league.”

Based on FOX Guess, the Ravens have the perfect shot at going from worst to first at +145. Baltimore completed 8-9 final season in a tightly packed AFC North.

If the workforce is more healthy than final 12 months, the Ravens may very well be a superb wager to win the division, Clark mentioned.

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Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens pitches the ball Dec. 5, 2021, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

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“I would not hate taking … the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North at +145 as a result of they will truly area an expert workforce this season,” Clark advised Fox Information Digital. “The Ravens had by far probably the most video games misplaced to damage and COVID in 2021. Baltimore began the 12 months 8-3, and Lamar Jackson was an MVP candidate as much as that time. However, Baltimore’s season successfully ended as soon as Lamar acquired injured in a Week 13 recreation versus the Cleveland Browns.

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“Nevertheless, the Ravens get again former All-Professional left deal with Ronnie Staley and chosen middle Tyler Linderbaum with the No. 25 total decide within the 2022 NFL Draft. So Baltimore’s offensive line must be a prime 10 unit and open up working lanes for Lamar and RB J.Okay. Dobbins. 

“Lastly, the Ravens misplaced two elite cornerbacks in 2021 — Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters — and added first-round security Kyle Hamilton to an already stacked secondary. Lamar wants higher broad receivers, however Baltimore’s run recreation will probably be sick, and the protection has a prime 5 ceiling.”

Learn beneath for the least more likely to more than likely to win their respective divisions.

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New York Jets

Joe Flacco (19) of the New York Jets in action against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium Nov. 21, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Joe Flacco (19) of the New York Jets in motion towards the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium Nov. 21, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Odds to win AFC East: +2000

2021 file: 4-13

Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith (7) of the Seattle Seahawks in action during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium Aug. 13, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Geno Smith (7) of the Seattle Seahawks in motion throughout a preseason recreation towards the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium Aug. 13, 2022, in Pittsburgh.
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Odds to win NFC West: +1400

2021 file: 7-10

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Carolina Panthers

Odds to win NFC South: +1000

2021 file: 5-12

Detroit Lions

Odds to win NFC North: +900

2021 file: 3-13-1

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley (26) of the New York Giants runs a route during a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass.

Saquon Barkley (26) of the New York Giants runs a route throughout a preseason recreation towards the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass.
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Odds to win NFC East: +800

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2021 file: 4-13

Jacksonville Jaguars

Odds to win AFC South: +750

2021 file: 3-14

Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson (3) of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown by Kendall Hinton against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at Empower Field At Mile High Aug. 13, 2022, in Denver.

Russell Wilson (3) of the Denver Broncos celebrates a landing by Kendall Hinton towards the Dallas Cowboys through the second quarter at Empower Area At Mile Excessive Aug. 13, 2022, in Denver.
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Odds to win AFC West: +275

2021 file: 7-10

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Baltimore Ravens

Odds to win AFC North: +145

2021 file: 8-9

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Mater Dei easily handles Mira Costa in battle of top prep girls volleyball

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The ball skied excessive and vast, threatening to fall to earth out of bounds, as Mira Costa ladies’ volleyball junior Chloe Hynes ranged to her left.

In a single fell swoop, Hynes thrust herself onto the scorer’s desk, prolonged her arm and punched the dying dig again into play. It appeared not possible. The visiting crowd at Mater Dei’s fitness center exploded, a triumphant bathe of admiration for a gritty play.

The celebration lasted a cut up second. A Mater Dei hitter casually smacked a weak return away for some extent. The save was all for naught.

Thursday night time ought to’ve been an thrilling conflict of the titans, an early-season matchup between two of the most effective ladies’ volleyball packages in California. However the Mustangs sat three of their high gamers. Grit might solely take them thus far after a first-set victory, and Mater Dei stabilized an overwhelming block within the following units for a reasonably straightforward 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-21) win.

“Once we see them later within the season,” Monarchs coach Dan O’Dell mentioned, “they’re going to be a a lot, a lot completely different workforce and a stronger workforce.”

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Drew Wright, Mira Costa’s chief in kills final season, was on the sidelines in a black warmup shirt and sweatpants. Charlie Fuerbringer, top-of-the-line setters within the nation, was there too, as was switch Tanon Rosenthal.

All three, together with Georgia Walker and Emilia Kupiec, had been benched by coach Cam Inexperienced after a violation of workforce coverage. Inexperienced declined to call the precise circumstances of the violation, noting that it could solely be for one sport and the workforce was dealing with it effectively.

“It wasn’t that straightforward to do,” Inexperienced mentioned of sitting the group, “however we set a precedent.”

His workforce was nonetheless anticipating to compete, Inexperienced mentioned, and compete they did by stealing the primary set. However the momentum shifted instantly within the second, Mira Costa merely unable to get a ball over Mater Dei’s block regardless of Hynes’ greatest efforts, and late-set comebacks all through the night time fell quick.

“Blocking goes to be considered one of our enormous strengths — we now have quite a lot of dimension throughout our hitters proper now,” O’Dell mentioned. “We must always block a ton of balls.”

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Mater Dei volleyball’s Izzy Clark notched 9 kills within the workforce’s win over Mira Costa on Aug. 18, 2022.

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Senior center blocker Preston Johnson led the best way with seven blocks. Junior exterior hitter Izzy Clark — holding up her wrist like she’d simply swished a three-pointer after one highly effective shot —notched 9 kills, as did junior Babi Gubbins.

However the Monarchs knew they didn’t play their greatest. Everybody was up and down, O’Dell mentioned, transferring his hand like a rollercoaster.

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Not fairly the Southern Part playoff preview it might’ve been, with the early-season kinks and lacking faces.

“I want to replay them with their starters, Charlie and Drew,” Clark mentioned of Mira Costa.

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Utah Little Leaguer who suffered serious head injury alert, walking: ‘We are astonished by his strength’

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A 12-year-old Little League baseball participant from Utah who suffered a critical head damage after falling from his high bunk of his head on the dormitory complicated in Pennsylvania is ready to sit up, eat and stroll with assist, his household stated in a social media put up Thursday.

Easton Oliverson, who performs for the Snow Canyon group out of Santa Clara, Utah, was listed in vital situation Tuesday after struggling the damage Monday. The boy’s household supplied an encouraging replace.

An image of Mountain Area Champion Little League group member Easton Oliverson, from Santa Clara, Utah, is proven on the scoreboard at Volunteer Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in the course of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Little League World Collection.
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“We’re astonished by his power and willingness to attempt new issues,” the put up learn. “He has been speaking extra continuously together with his Mother, Dad, and uncles who’ve been on the hospital with him. His voice has been considerably extra clear when he talks! He requested Nancy about his hair, and why he was there.”

The put up additionally confirmed Easton consuming and ingesting by himself.

LITTLE LEAGUE PLAYER SUFFERS SERIOUS HEAD INJURY AFTER FALLING FROM BUNK BED, MAKING ‘TREMENDOUS PROGRESS’

Spencer Beck, the boy’s uncle, advised the Related Press that Easton fell out of bed in Williamsport whereas he was sleeping.

Baseballs are shown at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 25, 2019.

Baseballs are proven at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 25, 2019.
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“The teammates heard him fall, thank goodness,” Beck stated. “After they bought into surgical procedure, the physician talked to Jace and stated had he not gotten into surgical procedure however half-hour later, he would have been lifeless.”

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Jace Oliverson, the boy’s father, is the assistant coach of the Utah group that made the Little League World Collection for the primary time.

Easton’s brother, Brogan, was added to the roster to ensure that the group to keep up its 13-player roster.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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