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Andy Murray offers to play Serena Williams in exhibition

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(Serena Williams: Julian Finney/Getty Images, Andy Murray: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Serena Williams didn’t seem to be as fond of a showdown with Andy Murray as he did. (Serena Williams: Julian Finney/Getty Images, Andy Murray: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

WIMBLEDON, England — How would Andy Murray fare against Serena Williams in a match? Well, the Wimbledon men’s No. 2 seed is game to find out.

On Tuesday, Murray received a tweet from “a fan” mocking his inferiority to the WTA’s No. 1. Murray gamely fired back:

On Thursday, Murray kept it up, saying he would be up to the challenge.

“I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up,” he wrote in a column for BBC. “It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”

When asked about the challenge after her 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia in the second round of Wimbledon, Williams wasn’t having it.

“Really?” Williams asked with a laugh. “He wants to play me? Is he sure? That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun. … He’s probably one of the top three people I definitely don’t want to play. But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown.”

Williams demanded some concessions to level the playing field.

“I get [the doubles] alleys. He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah,” she said.

But as for the surface of choice, Serena’s answer may surprise you. After initially picking indoor grass, she quickly stopped herself.

“I think I might go clay with him,” Williams said. “He loves grass. I do, too. But I’m going to definitely go clay.”

Agnieszka Radwanska, considered by some to be the Andy Murray of the WTA for her variety of shots and touch, played Williams in last year’s Wimbledon final. She said she’d be willing to queue for tickets to a Serena-Andy showdown.

“I would like to see that match, to be honest,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know. I don’t know. If Serena will play her best tennis, I think Andy will be in a bit of trouble. But I’m still going for Andy.”

  • Published On Jun 27, 2013
  • 10 comments
    st.mcgrace
    st.mcgrace

    Karsten Brasch, then number 200, played the two sisters one after the other one 10 years ago and won 61 62...

    sparrowhawk0806
    sparrowhawk0806

    I would rather see Andy Roddick and Serena play.   They have an old rivalry going on.:

    muser
    muser

    6-0 6-0 Murray..Serena isn't kidding about not winning a point. 

    chitownboxing
    chitownboxing

    I'd watch it.  She's so dominant because she has the body of a man, and plays against women.  Compare the two above pics!

    AdamBaum2
    AdamBaum2

    Did you see that ludicrous display last night?

    AdamBaum2
    AdamBaum2

    Noddings, Nel. Educating Moral People: a Caring Alternative to Character Education. Teachers College Press, 2002. 14. Print.

    brodney199
    brodney199

    @chitownboxing Disgusting!! Respect women\!! Serena is not even the tallest or strongest on tour & yet you continue to make deragatory remarks just because she's dominant on the WTA.

    If you have nothing to say about a great woman athlete, what about you shut up, retard

    dami1
    dami1

    @chitownboxing You are quite naive and the writer of the article trapped you easily.. The two players look the same heigth on this picture arrangement when in fact Murray is way taller and stronger than Serena. I call this trash journalism, not relying on facts, just willing to make superficial buzz.