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Wimbledon 2022 | Inspired by Serena: Venus Williams on her comeback to the Championships mixed doubles

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Venus Williams made a winning return to the grasscourt major as she, along with Jamie Murray, defeated Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus in the first round at Wimbledon,

Venus Williams in action during her first round match at Wimbledon mixed doubles.

Venus Williams in action during her first round match at Wimbledon mixed doubles. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Venus Williams and Jamie Murray advanced to 2nd round
  • Serena Williams had crashed out of singles 1st round
  • Andy Murray was knocked out in the singles 2nd round

The five-time singles Wimbledon champion Venus Williams credited her sister Serena for her comeback to the Championships.

Venus made a winning return to the grasscourt major on July 1. She, along with Jamie Murray, had received the wild card for the mixed doubles. The pair defeated Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in their first-round match on Court No. 1.

“(Entering) it was definitely super last minute. Just inspired by Serena,” Venus was quoted as saying after the match.

Venus added that she had “no plan to play. (But) I saw the grass and I got excited … I haven’t played in a year so you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

When asked about her future, Venus said: “You never know where I’ll pop up”.

Jamie, who also has a famous sibling, Andy Murray, added that Venus’ camp messaged him asking to partner him.

“I think you played great,” Jamie said. “Like, she hasn’t played for a long time. First match, big court, a lot of people. It’s not easy. It was a great experience (to) play with Venus Williams. When am I going to get the chance to do that?”

SERENA AND ANDY

Serena made her comeback on June 28 in the singles competition. The 23-time Grand Slam champion crashed out of the tournament after losing her first-round match to France’s Harmony Tan. Meanwhile, Andy was knocked out in the second round by John Isner.

Interestingly, Serena and Andy, too, joined forces in the mixed doubles at the 2019 Wimbledon and made it to the third round.

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