Watson and Murray come through early Wimbledon rounds

Watson and Murray come through early Wimbledon rounds

05 July 2019 / 21:12
Former Wimbledon champions Heather Watson and Jamie Murray both came through their respective first round mixed doubles matches on the lush green London courts. 


Watson, who claimed the mixed doubles crown back in 2016, was paired with fellow champion Henri Kontinen, as they saw off Marcelo Demoliner and Abigail Spears 6-3, 6-2.

Meanwhile the elder Murray sibling made up for an earlier men’s doubles exit with Neal Skupski by teaming up with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the mixed doubles to beat British pair Joe Salisbury and Katy Dunne 7-5 7-6 (10-8). 

Watson, who competed at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, was full of pride when she saw her name etched into the famous All England Club walls and sang the praises of her Finnish partner ahead of their second round match. 

“It is really nice to be able to say that I am Wimbledon champion and it didn’t really hit home until I saw my name up on that wall because that is not going anywhere," said the 27-year-old. 

“I feel super confident playing at the moment because there is no one I would rather play mixed doubles with than Henri.  

"He is such good player that I just feel like once we get into points, we are very imposing.”

Fans had been pouring through the Wimbledon gates in hot anticipation of seeing two-time singles champion Andy Murray paired with 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams but the game was called off late on in the day. 

And Watson praised Murray, who defended the Olympic gold medal he won at London 2012 in Brazil three years ago. 

“They are both such brilliant individual players so when you bring them both together it is going to be such a fun and interesting match to watch," she added. 

“Obviously Serena is still in the singles and it is just great to have Andy back out on the court and healthy. 

“If we had to play those two it would be a fun one to watch but we are just thinking about our next match at the moment.”

Elsewhere Salisbury and Rajeev Ram beat Vasek Pospisil and Matthew Ebden in the men’s doubles 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) while Luke Bambridge and Asia Muhammad rallied to Americans Ram and Alison Riske 6-4, 6-3. 

And in the first game of the day Evan Hoyt and partner Eden Silva beat Leander Paes and Samantha Stosur 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to secure a spot in the second round. 

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