Andy Murray Having been dumped by one Murray brother only a month ago, the Brazilian doubles player Bruno Soares took revenge on the other yesterday, inflicting a stinging defeat on the No.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams may be the most feted mixed-doubles pairing in the world, but Soares and his American partner Nicole Melichar are the top seeds here, and they played like it in a slick , , victory.
And there is part of the problem. Contrast those early confusions with Team MeliRes — as no-one is calling them — who are contesting their third straight slam. Their alignment was so perfect, their interplay so instinctive, that there was hardly a blade of grass they failed to cover Meanwhile Soares — who won two grand-slam titles with Jamie Murray before they split at the French Open last month — was serving mph bombs and returning like a boomerang.
And even since the opening of the new incarnation, which is now in its 11th year, the spell appears to have endured. If the All England Club want to see more big-name players at the back end of this tournament, they should think about consulting an exorcist.
Afterwards Williams was asked whether her partnership with Murray might be revived for the US Open — the next tournament where mixed doubles plays a part. Her reply made it sound unlikely. I loved having the support. It was amazing.
Hopefully I can still have it.
It's fun to get to know him as well because we don't really know each other that well. Are you going to be able to play New York?
The most positive thing is that my hip felt good. I'm doing some physical testing next week. I did some pre-Queen's.
It will be interesting to see how things have progressed or not. I'd like to see a little bit more unity.
Once that's the case, then you can start to move forward.