It’s end of the line for Wimbledon dreamers

AFTER two joyful wins together, the mixed dream-team doubles pairing of Serena Williams and Andy Murray were knocked out in the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
They fell 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to top-seeded Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares, but the addition of the solo stars attracted bumper crowds to this competition, which is usually overlooked.
Soares dominated the match at the net, ensuring an end to a partnership which, during their brief run, captured the hearts and imaginations of fans at Wimbledon.
For Williams, who has won seven singles titles at Wimbledon and another six in women’s doubles, the brief run with Murray, a Scot with two Wimbledon championships of his own, was something to savour.
“To play on this stage with Andy, who has done so well here for so many years, is literally a lifetime experience,” said Williams, who yesterday (Thursday) competed in the singles semi-finals. “I’m so happy that I got to experience it.”
It was an experience that came about from unusual circumstances. Murray, who had hip surgery in January, is working himself back into shape by playing doubles. And Williams, who had been slowed by knee pain for months, was also short on match-play coming into Wimbledon.
A content Murray said: “I think I achieved a lot,” said Murray. “Considering the lack of matches, I did okay. The most positive thing is that my body felt good. My hip, anyway, was feeling good, so that was positive.
“It’s a lot of physical work, now, trying to get stronger, get a good balance with all of the kind of muscles around my hip.”
He added: “It will be interesting to see what’s happened these last four weeks, where I’ve been obviously playing tennis but doing not much training, to see how things have progressed or not. But I’ve still got quite a long way to go.”
Meanwhile, plans are afoot to provide Wimbledon with a statue of Murray, to acknowledge his contribution to British tennis.

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