After making an impressive debut in the main draw at Wimbledon, Harmony Tan pulled out of her doubles match with a hamstring injury – an hour before it was due to start on Wednesday.
“She texted me this morning,” Tan’s potential partner Tamara Korpatsch wrote on social media. “Let me wait here [one] hour before the start of the game. I’m very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I can’t play my 1st double Grand Slam. And it really isn’t fair to me.”
Tan sent seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams to an early exit on Tuesday with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) win. The match lasted more than three hours and a 10-point tiebreak in the third set to decide.
“I didn’t deserve that,” said Korpatsch. “She asked me before the tournament if we wanted to play doubles and I said yes, I didn’t ask her, she asked me! When you’re broken after a 3 [hour] Play the day before, you can’t play professionally. This is my opinion.”
The 27-year-old Korpatsch, who was only playing in the third major draw of her career, lost to Heather Watson in her opening-round singles match on Tuesday. Wednesday’s match against Raluca Olaru and Nadiia Kichenok would have marked their Grand Slam doubles debut, but instead their run at the All England Club came to an end.
Korpatsch did not consider Tan’s time in court a valid excuse for the withdrawal.
“Sorry, but I played 6:33 [hours] one day and played a singles match the next day,” she wrote on her Instagram story.
Tan, who is ranked 115, has yet to comment. She will next appear on Thursday in the second round of the singles match against number 32 Sara Sorribes Tormo.
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34167332/harmony-tan-late-drop-doubles-match-leaves-partner-tamara-korpatsch-very-angry Harmony Tan’s late drop from doubles match leaves partner Tamara Korpatsch ‘very angry’