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.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2019
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:
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 6, 2019
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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