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Wimbledon: Team 'SerAndy' off to winning start

Andrew Hendrie in News 7 Jul 2019
  • Murray and Serena are underway in mixed with a straight sets opening round win
  • Team 'SerAndy' prevailed 6-4 6-1 against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi
Andy Murray and Serena Williams (PA Images)

Serena Williams and Andy Murray’s mixed doubles partnership got off to a winning start on Saturday as the pair cruised to a straight sets victory in the opening round.

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In front of a packed Centre Court crowd, Serena and Murray produced some magical tennis amid some light-hearted comical moments to take out the German-Chilean duo of Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi by a 6-4 6-1 scoreline.

It’s arguably the biggest mixed doubles alliance of all time - and Murray and Serena were full of praise for each other after their triumph.

“For me, it's definitely awesome to share a court with Andy, especially this particular stage,” Serena said. “It worked out well. We’re a new team and that’s always a learning curve. We wanted to start fast. We take it seriously. That’s why we’re in it.”

Murray meanwhile lauded Serena’s competitive spirit after the legendary American made the fourth round of the singles by beating Julia Goerges in straight sets earlier on Saturday.

Serena Williams and Andy Murray (PA Images)
“After the amount of success that someone like Serena has had for such a long period, to still be out there, eight o’clock at night, having already won a singles, and just wanting to win and being competitive,” Murray said. “That's impressive. I don't think people always appreciate how difficult that is to do.”

And when it came to who was calling the shots on court, Murray came up with the perfect response.

“We’re both younger siblings, and we’re used to being bossed by the older one. It was a good start,” he smiled.

While Serena is still going in singles and preparing for a Manic Monday fourth round encounter with Carla Suarez Navarro - with World No. 1 Ash Barty potentially waiting in the quarter-finals - Murray’s only chance for a title at Wimbledon this year is in the mixed, with the Scot exiting the men’s doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert earlier on Saturday.

Murray and Herbert started brightly as they claimed the opening set, but after missing some chances to take a two-sets-to-love lead, they couldn’t recover, with sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor taking control and coming away with a 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 6-3 victory.

Up next for Murray and Serena in the second round of the mixed are 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo. Win that and No. 1 seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar await in the Round of 16, while it’s also possible the pair could come up against their older siblings in the semi-finals and final, with Venus Williams and Frances Tiafoe and Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands winning their respective first rounds on Saturday.

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Wimbledon: Team 'SerAndy' off to winning start

Serena Williams and Andy Murray’s mixed doubles partnership got off to a winning start on Saturday as the pair cruised to a straight sets victory in the opening round.

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