Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has made it clear that her goal is to win the mixed doubles title with Jamie Murray. On Friday, Williams and Murray made a winning start to their Wimbledon campaign as they beat Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-3.
After the win, Williams was asked if she was in for a experience or her goal was to win the title. “What kind of question is that? We’re in it for a stroll. Come on. I always expect to win," Williams said, per Tennishead.
Williams, 42, and 36-year-old Murray are playing together for the first time. “I’ve been trying to play with him forever! He plays hard to get," Williams added with a laugh. Murray defended himself by saying Williams only asked him for mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
“She only asked me at Wimbledon where it’s five sets for the [men’s] doubles," Murray jokingly responded.
Williams on why she entered Wimbledon
The week before Wimbledon, Williams said she would not compete at the tournament.
When Williams stepped onto the ground of The All England Club, she instantly received desire to compete at Wimbledon. She contacted Murray, who accepted their offer, and Williams granted them a mixed doubles wildcard. "I had no plan to play.
I saw the grass and I got excited (smiling). I was even at the French, I had to work, but I wasn't there - I was at the French Open, it's a beautiful event, but my heart didn't beat the same way. Not that I could play but," Williams said.
"I had no plans. That's why I was asking him last minute. He just had a baby, too, so I know there's a lot going on. Definitely I couldn't have guessed that I would be here right now, taking it at the last minute." Williams and Murray play Alicia Barnett and Jonny O'Mara next.