Frenchwoman Armoni Tan pulled out of the women’s doubles event at Wimbledon on Wednesday, the day after she defeated American Serena Williams in singles, leaving her counterpart “sad, frustrated and angry”.
Tang, 24, was scheduled to play the doubles match against Germany’s Tamara Korbach but withdrew due to a hip injury.
“She sent me a message this morning,” the German woman wrote on her Instagram page, adding: “She made me wait an hour before the meeting began. I am very sad, disappointed and very angry because I won’t be able to take part in my first husband’s Grand Slam.”
And the 27-year-old, ranked 110th in the world in singles and 298th in doubles, continued: “It’s really unfair. I didn’t deserve it. Before the start of the tournament, she asked me if I would like to play doubles. with her and I agreed. I didn’t ask her, but she asked me.”
“If you faint after a match for 3 hours the day before, you cannot play professionally. It’s my opinion”.
It took Tan, ranked 115th in the world, 3 hours and 11 minutes to achieve a major surprise by defeating Williams, the 7-time Wimbledon champion (5-7, 6-1, 6-7).
Cairo will face Williams in their first outing on British grass on Thursday with Spain’s Sara Soribes Tormo looking to advance to the third round.