Serena Williams' conqueror Harmony Tan recalls time when she was doubted

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Serena Williams' conqueror Harmony Tan recalls time when she was doubted

World No. 115 Harmony Tan revealed there was time when she was told she wouldn't make it tennis with her game style. Tan, 24, is enjoying a career-best run at Wimbledon as she has been through to her first Grand Slam round-of-16.

Tan's Wimbledon campaign started with an upset win over seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams and since then she has won two more matches to reach the last-16. On Saturday, Tan saw off Great Britain's Katie Boulter 6-1 6-1 to progress into the Wimbledon last-16.

Han absolutely loves to go for tweeners as she pulled off several tweeners versus Boulter, hit some great sidespins and also made some passing shots on the run. "I think she don't like my game," Tan said, per the WTA website.

"I like to play tennis with this tweener, with my hands, with everything you can do on tennis."

Han: I was told this wouldn't work

"When I was young, they told me that I cannot be really good player with this game, so it was really tough for me.

I didn't have some help, and financially it was really hard. I didn't play juniors because I didn't have money to play juniors, and I went straight to the ITF tournaments. But there is one person who believed in me.

It was Nathalie Tauziat when I was 18, and we work on this game. I think it works today." Unfortunately for Tan, her great Wimbledon won't be rewarded with ranking points. Tan, who was once the 90th-ranked player in the world, will be one of the players most affected by the WTA decision to remove ranking points from Wimbledon.

In the Wimbledon last-16, Tan plays American tennis star Amanda Anisimova. Tan has been playing great tennis so far at Wimbledon and she will definitely have a chance versus Anisimova. It remains to be seen if Tan can upset Anisimova and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinal.