Williams/Murray To Meet Top Seeds In Wimbledon Third Round
Pavic/Dabrowski through in three sets
Andy Murray and Serena Williams earned another straight-sets victory in front of the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon on Tuesday, beating Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the third round.
"I think today felt a bit more relaxed probably than the first match because we don't know each other extremely well," said Murray. "I think there was a lot of talk about us playing, then once we got on the court, we wanted to do well. Today, [we] chatted a bit more. [It was] probably a bit more relaxed than the first round."
The British-American partnership claimed the only break of the first set at 6-5, with Williams firing a cross-court forehand passing shot winner to earn a one-set advantage. The unseeded pairing rode the momentum into the second set, racing out to a 3-0 lead before Murray fired an ace out wide to complete the win after one hour and 37 minutes. Murray and Williams are yet to drop a set in the tournament, after a 6-4, 6-1 victory in the first round against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi.
"One of the things that probably showed a bit in the first two matches is [on] break points, maybe [I] haven't played them as well as I would have liked so far," said Murray. "That's something you get better with playing more matches, playing more of those points. I'll continue to improve on that."
Murray and Williams will face Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar for a spot in the quarter-finals. The top seeds beat Denys Molchanov and Galina Voskoboeva 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 in their opening match of the tournament on Saturday.
Third seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski ended Jamie Murray’s hopes of reaching the third round with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Pavic and Dabrowski took one hour and 42 minutes to overcome the US Open champions 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.