Venus Williams teams up with Jamie Murray for a mixed doubles victory at Wimbledon following a ‘last-minute’ entrance.

LONDON – Last week, Venus Williams came to Wimbledon with no plans to compete. But then she changed her mind.

“I had no intention of playing,” Williams stated on Friday. “I became delighted when I noticed the grass.”

Her coach approached Jamie Murray, a five-time major mixed doubles and two-time doubles winner, and he agreed to play with Williams. In a first-round match that lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes, the new combination overcame Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2 on No. 1 Court on Friday night.

Williams had not played since August 2021.

Both Venus and Serena had fanned retirement rumours with their lack of participation this season, but Serena declared her comeback to action earlier this month; she competed in doubles at Eastbourne before losing in her Wimbledon first-round singles match to Harmony Tan on Tuesday.

Venus initially stated in an Instagram story that she would not be joining Serena as a competitor, but she was later photographed on the practise courts at the All England Club. She and Murray requested and were granted a late wild-card admission, and they were announced in the mixed doubles draw on Wednesday.

“It was absolutely last minute,” Venus Williams said on Friday. “I was simply inspired by Serena.”

Murray stated that Williams had requested him to participate at Wimbledon last year, but he was unable to compete in both doubles and mixed doubles due to injuries.

“I can’t say no again,” he remarked of the chance.

Williams admitted she wasn’t sure how she’d do on the court after such a lengthy hiatus, and she thanked Murray for “so much support today.”
Both stated that they loved the game and played together.

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“It was a lot of fun,” Murray added. “That was what I hoped to gain out of it. Playing alongside Venus Williams was an amazing experience. When will I have the opportunity to do so?”

While this is their first time playing together, it is not the first time Williams and Murray have teamed up at Wimbledon. Serena and Andy, their younger siblings, competed at the All England Club in 2019 and advanced to the third round.

Venus Williams and Andy Murray will likely face Alicia Barnett and Jonny O’Mara next on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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