Andy Murray and Serena Williams proved to be a stellar pairing on the court at Wimbledon as their box office partnership continued with another victory in the mixed doubles.
Britain’s Murray, 32, and American Williams, 37, cruised into the last 16 with a 7-5 6-3 with straight sets win over 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.
Williams showed class with her ruthless returning to win crucial break points in each set.
“We’re in the groove of things so it’s feeling good,” Williams said. “I’m having a blast, it has been really fun and it’s a great atmosphere playing out there with Andy.”
Murray added: “She returned brilliantly especially at the end of the first set, and the start of the second, hitting clean winners and making my job easy, but then I was missing mine on break points.
“We both played well and if she keeps returning like that we’ll have a good chance.
“All matches are great for me, doubles especially, for the reactions and reflexes which has helped me and once I’ve finished here, hopefully on Sunday, I will get back and start practising some more singles.”
The pair have now been ‘Mur-rena’.
Their game, again scheduled on Centre Court, was watched by a near-capacity 15,000 crowd who were given plenty of entertainment and responded by providing a crackling atmosphere.
The pair will now play top seeds Bruno Soares – the former men’s partner of Murray’s brother Jamie – and Nicole Melichar.
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By Olukayode Oniwinde