Serena Williams says she was rooting for good friend and former doubles partner Andy Murray during his first round match at the US Open in New York on Tuesday. The 33 year old former World No. 1 Murray made an incredible comeback from two sets to love down to defeat Japanese world No 49 Yoshihito Nishioka,4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.
Williams was scheduled to follow Murray's match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium and she even cheered Murray's comeback, even though it meant a longer wait for her to come on the court for her match.
Serena Williams says she is a big fan of Andy Murray
Speaking to the press in New York, Serena commented, "Usually when you're waiting for a match, someone is down two sets, you root for the person that's ahead so you can get on the court and get off.
I was rooting for Andy the whole time. I really wanted him to win. Gosh, when he was down in the third set, I was like, All right. I was just rooting for him so hard. I saw him give the racquet to his trainer. There's Andy, he plans on playing five sets here (laughter).
I was really happy for him." The two Grand Slam champs played mixed doubles at Wimbledon together in 2019 where they won two rounds and lost to the top-seeded duo of Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares in the third round.
Serena says Murray reminds her of herself - having come back from several injuries herself in the past. "I love his grit. I've always loved that, way before we played doubles. I always said he reminds me a lot of myself.
I'm just a big fan. It was really good because I know what it's like to be down, I know what it's like to be injured, I know what it's like to be counted out. I felt like it was a real gutsy win for him and I was really happy."
Murray, who is playing his first singles Grand Slam event since Australia in January 2019, will next meet the No. 15 seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round.