Serena Williams goes through to Wimbledon second round

Andy Murray and Serena Williams

Andy Murray's superstar partnership with Serena Williams at Wimbledon could be a game-changer for mixed doubles, according to his mother Judy.

Williams last played mixed doubles in an official competition at the 2012 French Open, losing in the first round alongside men's doubles legend Bob Bryan - who underwent the same hip procedure as Murray a year ago.

Murray's agent, Matt Gentry, said Tuesday night that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1-ranked players will be partners at the All England Club. "That's something I've always respected about him", Serena told reporters when asked about the player who in 2013 became the first British man for 77 years to win Wimbledon. "If you guys really want [the mixed doubles pairing] then maybe I'll do it".

The pair will take on Germany's Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi of Chile when the competition starts Thursday. "There are so many things to be admired", she added. "I think above all that is just fantastic".

Murray won the Queen's Club doubles title with Feliciano Lopez in his comeback tournament last month.

In terms of athletic accomplishment, Serena Williams is a diamond in the rough - but as a fashion icon we'd say she's more of a swoosh-shaped cluster of crystals on a Nike cutout dress.


The Brit said he couldn't pass up such a great opportunity after looking for a mixed doubles partner for some time.

Her story, said Williams, is a "great tale" of the value of persistence. He really speaks up about women's issues no matter what.

After taking the first set in 29 minutes, Williams had to wait until the eighth game of the second set to break serve only for the resilient Italian to fire straight back and then level at 5-5.

"It looks like a really strong partnership", she said. "I would never have imagined that would ever happen here".

Despite never playing a Grand Slam together, their individual talents can not be questioned, so it will have to take a serious effort to defeat the two in the draw.

Williams won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 1998 with Max Mirnyi, as well as the US Open event the same year.

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