Venus Williams ‘excited’ by her unexpected inclusion in Wimbledon mixed doubles

The 42-year-old has been out of competition for nearly a year, but has teamed up with Jamie Murray, brother of three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, to compete in the mixed doubles.

Venus had previously indicated that she would not compete this week, but asked for a wildcard with Murray at the last minute, and the pair were subsequently announced in Wednesday’s mixed doubles draw.

The popular duo, cheered by the crowd, even surprised themselves when they defeated Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3 on Friday.

“I wasn’t going to play. I saw the grass and got excited,” Williams said.

“I was at the French Open, it’s a beautiful event, but my heart wasn’t beating the same way. Not that I could play, but… I had no plans. That’s why I (Murray) asked at the last minute. “

The pair proved popular with the Wimbledon crowd.

Wimbledon ‘priority’

In her career, Williams has won the Wimbledon title in women’s singles five times and in doubles six times, but she never managed to succeed in mixed doubles – she lost in the final in 2006.

Her partner, Murray, has won five mixed doubles titles, including two at Wimbledon in 2007 and 2017.

Novak Djokovic crosses Wimbledon fourth round with comfortable win against Miomir Kecmanovic

The pair seemed to click on Friday, with Murray dominating with his serve and Venus keen on the net.

“It’s one of the few that I haven’t won, so I usually give a bit more priority here,” Williams added.

Like her sister, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there is a feeling that this could be one of the last times supporters can see Venus at Wimbledon. Williams, 40, lost in her opening game to French Harmony Tan on Tuesday.

But while she doesn’t expect to win every match, she says she’s just happy to be competing at the highest level again.

“It was absolutely super last minute. Just inspired by Serena. Like I said, it was amazing. I was just so happy to get so much help today,” she said.

The pair will now face British duo Alicia Barnett and Jonny O’Mara in the eighth finals on Sunday.

Leave a Comment