Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray Would Play Serena Williams, Upsets Shake Grand Slam Event
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Serena Williams was heavily criticized Tuesday for her attempt at an apology over comments she made about a 16-year-old rape victim. (Photo : Reuters)
Andy Murray, the No. 2 player in the men’s field at Wimbledon, was challenged on Twitter by a fan to challenge the top women’s player, Serena Williams, whose vicious serve rivals that of any male player in the sport.
Murray surprisingly answered in the affirmative as to whether he’d do battle with the world’s best female. “I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player, and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up,” Murray said.
For now, though, Murray would be best served by keeping his eye on the prize at Wimbledon, as he hopes to become the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry way back in 1936. He defeated Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei in straight sets yesterday (6-3, 6-3, 7-5).
Earlier today Williams powered past another overmatched opponent, Caroline Garcia of France, 6-3, 6-2. In the first round Williams steamrolled over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in straight sets as well, showing that she has maintained the momentum she gained in a dominant French Open run.
These two stars have avoided the booby traps that have laid waste to several huge names in the early rounds. Rafael Nadal fell on the first day of Wimbledon to vastly unknown world-No. 135 Steve Darcis. Ukranian Sergei Stakhovsky knocked off Roger Federer yesterday, eliminating the two premier name brands in men’s tennis.
On the women’s side Wimbledon’s grass monster gobbled up No. 2 Victoria Azarenka’s knee; she won her first round matchup but needed to withdraw from the tournament because of her injury. Yesterday, Maria Sharapova was the latest stat to bite the dust, losing in straight sets to Michelle Larcher de Brito. “She played really great tennis,” Sharapova said.” All the credit to her. She played really well from start to finish.”
While a Serena Williams vs. Andy Murray matchup would be incredible to see, both players need to be on upset alert and play superior tennis at Wimbledon right now.
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