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Murray and Serena to make mixed doubles Wimbledon debut on Saturday

Andrew Hendrie in News 6 Jul 2019
  • Murray and Serena's mixed doubles postponed to Saturday
  • The pair were originally meant to play on Friday, but a longer-than-anticipated schedule on Centre Court forced the match to be abandoned
  • They now will both play two matches on Saturday
Andy Murray leaves practice with mother Judy (PA Images)

Andy Murray and Serena Williams will have to play two matches in one day on Saturday after their highly-anticipated mixed doubles opening round was postponed on Friday.

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Murray and Serena was originally intended to be scheduled on Friday evening after 5.30pm local time, but the match was cancelled after 15-year-old Cori Gauff staged a remarkable comeback to beat Polona Hercog in three sets in the last match on Centre Court.

Serena Williams will play her singles match on Saturday before the mixed (PA Images)
Wimbledon organisers had hoped to schedule Murray and Serena afterwards, but with Serena already pencilled in for an early singles third round against Julia Goerges on Saturday, the match was ultimately scrapped.

It leaves both Murray and Serena with having to complete double duty on Saturday. Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will play their second round doubles contest against sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor not before 1.00pm local time on No. 2 Court, while Serena faces Goerges in a rematch of last year’s semi-final at 1.00pm on No. 1 Court.

Murray and Serena will then have a few hours rest before their mixed doubles encounter with German Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi of Chile is staged not before 5.30pm when a suitable court - most likely either Centre or No. 1 Court - becomes available.



Fans with a Centre Court ticket would have been confident of seeing the box office pairing on Friday with two shorter women’s matches scheduled after Guido Pella knocked out last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson in straight sets, with Simona Halep beating Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-1 and Hercog leading Gauff 6-3 5-2. However, the 15-year-old put together a superb comeback to extend the match deep into a third set before prevailing, making it too late for Serena to compete and then back up for singles on Saturday.

Although they never got to step out on the match court, Murray and Serena did have their first ever hit together during a practice session at Aorangi.

Murray last played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2006 when he partnered Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, reaching the second round, while Serena has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, teaming up with Max Mirnyi to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1998.


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Murray and Serena to make mixed doubles Wimbledon debut on Saturday

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