It was my duty to do it, admits Serena Williams after Wimbledon bowed to Andy Murray.
LONDON: Serena Williams Confessed to almost being defeated by the pressure to associate British sports icon Andy Murray in the mixed doubles of Wimbledon, but everything worked in the end, as they won their first match of the round, beating Germany. Andreas mies and of chile Alexa Guarachi 6-4 6-1.
Williams, seven times champion of singles, has fulfilled the search of Murray of a partner: world number one Ashleigh Barty It had been discussed previously.
However, as the match on the center court approached, his nerves began to sound as he feared he was going to disappoint Murray on the court, where he won two individual Wimbledon titles and the 2012 Olympics.
At some point I started to feel a lot of pressure, Williams said Saturday.
Oh, my God, I have to do well because this game is so exaggerated that I want to see it.
I did not even want to be in that, I just wanted to see it.
Maybe I'll try to get a video or see it somewhere.
In general, I think I could control my nerves pretty well, do better than I thought I was going to do.
Murray and Williams, both former world numbers, had little trouble doing without their opponents.
Obviously I had lost in the doubles before (with Pierre-Hugues Herbert ) so all my energy is focused on the mixed, but it was a good start, Murray said.
Murray said he physically felt fine after two games in a day, except for a stiff back.
The hip in which he underwent life-changing surgery earlier this year had not given him any problems.
I feel good and I'm happy to be alive in this, said Serena. 'My horrible English accent'
There was an element of farce when they let slip a fixed point in the first game when Williams ended up falling and unceremoniously landing on his backside on the net.
The incident caused them much joy after the game.
I remember slipping and then going back up. I saw a ball coming towards me, so I just went down, said Williams.
Then I could not get up after that. Did you see the video? Murray asked Yes. It was very funny, answered Williams.
I decided to stay down and let Andy run.
However, they closed the set and took control of the next by breaking their opponents immediately.
Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, said there was no boss on the team.
I told Serena before the game that we are the younger brothers, so we are used to having our older brother and sister overpower us, said Murray, a two-time Wimbledon winner.
While mixed doubles are a foreign territory largely for Murray, Williams is the youngest winner in history, partnering Max mirnyi To victory in 1998 he was only 16 years old at Wimbledon.
As for the existence of mixed signals during the game in terms of facing Murray's Scottish accent, Williams played the perfect diplomat.
I'm still great, said Williams. I still have not shown my horrible English accent. I keep it in my pocket.