Serena Williams, Andy Murray fall to No. 1 doubles duo Bruno Soares, American Nicole Melichar at Wimbledon

Cassandra NegleyYahoo Sports Contributor
United States' <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/olympics/rio-2016/a/1132744/" data-ylk="slk:Serena Williams">Serena Williams</a> and Britain's <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/olympics/rio-2016/a/1211276/" data-ylk="slk:Andy Murray">Andy Murray</a> are out of mixed doubles in the third round at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
United States' Serena Williams and Britain's Andy Murray are out of mixed doubles in the third round at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Andy Murray and Serena Williams’ thrilling mixed doubles run at Wimbledon is over in the third round with a 3-6, 6-4, 2-6 loss to top-ranked Bruno Soares and American Nicole Melichar at the All England Club on Wednesday.

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Murray, 32, and Williams, 37 — dubbed “MurRena” by Williams and “SerAndy” both others — fell behind in the first set and had to battle back throughout the rest of the match. They were both broken early in the deciding third and fell behind, 3-0. They began to battle back and won two points to trail, 5-2, but couldn’t finish out a comeback.

Just because it’s over doesn’t mean we can’t smile. As Murray put it after the first round:

The top-seeded duo had eight double faults and 12 unforced errors in all, but had success on the first serve by winning 84 percent. They had a chance to close out the match in the second set, but Soares made three double-faults in total.

Soares and Melichar will face Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands and Zhaoxuan Yang of China in the quarterfinals.

Williams will take the court again Thursday for the ladies semifinals, where she’ll go up against unseeded Barbora Strycova. It will be the fourth consecutive day she’s on the court playing a match at Wimbledon. She carried Murray into the third round on Tuesday two hours after clinching her own semifinal berth.

Murray is using the mixed doubles format to ease back into playing after undergoing hip surgery earlier this year. He said Tuesday playing in singles at the U.S. Open is “unlikely” while he remains cautious with his rehab.

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