Competing in the mixed doubles at Majors for the first time since 2006 and 2012 respectively, Andy Murray and Serena Williams are through to the third round in Wimbledon mixed doubles. Andy and Serena took down the 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 37 minutes on the Centre Court, advancing into the third round where they will face the top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar on Wednesday.
The crowd favorites served well, barely losing a point behind the first serve and fending off both break points they faced to mount the pressure on the rivals who failed to deliver the same numbers behind their initial shot, facing 11 break points and suffering two breaks to propel Andy and Serena through.
Just like in the opening match, the Briton and the American couldn't convert more opportunities on the return but it was enough to carry them through, hoping for a better realization against the top seeds. Andy and Serena barely made any unforced error, keeping the points on their racquets and doing enough to advance in straight sets.
Nothing could have separated them in the first seven games and it was Atawo who had to play against three break points at 3-4, saving them all to keep them in contention. Two games, later, Martin fended off a set point before Andy and Serena finally grabbed the opener with a break in game 12 following a perfect forehand crosscourt winner from Serena after 43 minutes.
Murray had to save two break points at the beginning of the second set in their worst service game, staying unbroken and converting the fifth break chance in game two when Martin sent a volley long, moving a set and a break up and looking good to seal the deal soon after that.
Both teams served well in the remaining games and it was Murray who sealed the deal with four winners from him and Serena in game nine, passing another obstacle and preparing for another test tomorrow.