Murray and Williams stay in the mix with comfortable win
Sealed with a kiss: Andy Murray and Serena Williams after their latest victory
Andy Murray kept alive his hopes of a fairytale return to Wimbledon by partnering Selena Williams to a straight-sets victory over Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.
The two-time champion is playing at the All-England Club for the first time in two years after hip surgery to save his career and the 7-5 6-3 win over the 14th seeds in front of appreciative Centre Court fans took the wild card pairing into the third round.
“Overall we both played well, Serena returned extremely well and if she keeps returning like that we’ve got a good chance,” said the Scot.
“It’s great for me just now, all matches are good. Doubles especially is good for reactions and reflexes, which is something that’s helped the last four or five weeks for me.
“Hopefully once we’re finished I’ll get back and start practising some more singles.”
Williams added: “We are getting in the groove with things already. It’s good, we have only had a couple of matches but finding some rhythm and hopefully we can continue to feel it.”
Jamie Murray, a two-time winner of the mixed title, saw his hopes of playing brother Andy dashed after he crashed out with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
They lost their second-round match against third seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Mate Pavic 6-4 3-6 6-3 in a match which resumed from yesterday.
Williams had earlier defeated Alison Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3 to book her place in the semi-finals of the women’s singles.
Johanna Konta, however, didn’t fare so well against Barbora Strycova in her bid to reach the last four.
The pressure seemed to get to the home favourite, who lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 despite leading 4-1 in the first set.
The other quarter-final action saw Elina Svitolina defeat Karolina Muchova 7-5 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam singles semi-final, while Simona Halep was too good for Zhang Shuai, winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-1.