Murray and Serena to face Chilean-German duo

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

This is insane. We'll see.

"I can actually use my legs now".

Murray, who will also play in the men's doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, has been very open about his desire to also play the mixed at SW19 as he stress-tests his surgically repaired hip. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion who has struggled with injury for much of 2019, was elusive about the potential partnership with Murray during her news conference after her victory. "His work ethic is just honestly off the charts", added Serena.

"It [would] be a positive thing for tennis, if more guys were playing doubles", he said.

"He really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what", said Williams.

Cori "Coco" Gauff, right, greets the United States's Venus Williams at the net after winning. That's another qualifier, 18-year-old Kaja Juvan of Slovenia, who was born a little more than a year after Williams won the 1999 U.S. Open.

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This was the teen's debut match and the world number 313 beat her 39-year-old opponent 6-4 6-4.

The eye-catching team of British star Murray and American Williams boast impeccable singles credentials but have plenty to prove as a partnership and will begin with a clash against Germany's Andreas Mies and American-born Chilean Alexa Guarachi.

The whole day was, she said, "a dream come true", filled with smiles and tears and goose bumps.

"I think Venus and Serena have won four each", he said. I'm better now. I feel so thankful.

Murray, married with two children, also broke the trend and became one of the few top male players to hire a female coach when he took on Amelie Mauresmo for two years from 2014-16. "I had to remind myself that the lines are the same size". I told her she's the queen of this tournament. Well, a couple of my friends are really interested in art and I always used to make fun of them because they would show me a piece of art and I would say "that looks like something I could do". I'm so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we're successful. "I would never have imagined that would ever happen here".

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