Wimbledon | Andy & Serena make third round
Andy Murray bowed to his partner Serena Williams to declare that the nickname for their mixed doubles Dream Team at Wimbledon is MurEna.
Serena played brilliantly, especially at the end of the first set and the beginning the second. It was making my job easy. I was missing on break points Andy Murray
The unseeded pair reached the last 16 of their event by defeating Fabrice Martin from France and American Racquel Atawa, the 14th seeds, 7-5 6-3 on Centre Court.
There had been a debate as to what to call the blockbuster pairing.
Two-time All England champion Murray had tweeted it as SerAndy, perhaps as a hint that he is a knight of the realm.
But Williams had a preference for MurEna.
And when asked what the moniker would be after sealing a spot to face top seeded Bruno Soares of Brazil and American Nicole Melichar for a quarter-final place, Murray said: “Serena the boss whatever she says goes.”
The Scot shook out more rust on his comeback from hip surgery as he tests whether he will be able to re-start his singles career.
And he said of his partner who reached the semi-finals of the ladies event earlier in the day on the same court: “Serena played brilliantly, especially at the end of the first set and the beginning the second. It was making my job easy. I was missing on break points.”
He added: “Serena was the one making me laugh out there. I think I felt a bit more relaxed probably than the first match because we don’t know each other extremely well.
“I think there’s a lot of talk about us playing, then once we got on the court, we wanted to do well. I think today, chatted a bit more, probably a bit more relaxed than the first round, I’d say.”
Williams hit a series of return winners against the giant Martin.
She said: “Do not expect that to ever happen again. I’m convinced that was once in a lifetime. I just never hit returns like that in my life.
American Williams is enjoying being an honorary Brit.
She said: “I’m having a blast. Really fun. There was a great atmosphere.”
Andy’s mum Judy need not fret over her two sons meeting in the mixed doubles.
Jamie and his partner Mattek-Sands are out, defeated 6-4 3-6 6-3 by thirds seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski.