Posted June 27, 2013

Andy Murray says he’d take on Serena Williams

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British tennis star Andy Murray during a second-round match at Wimbledon. Murray is ranked No. 2 in the world and said in a recent column he'd be up for taking on women's star Serena Williams. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andy Murray is No. 2 in the world and said he’d be up for taking on Serena Williams. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Olympic gold medalist and world No. 2 Andy Murray, said he’d be up for a match against Serena Williams in a column he’s writing for BBC Sport.

The topic came up when he was discussing the challenge of Grand Slam tournaments and the difference between playing five-set and three-set matches. From the column:

Playing at Grand Slams takes its toll because of the five-set matches; you have to do more training to play for five sets, which then shortens your career.

Playing for three sets requires a different sort of fitness — you don’t really need the endurance, you just need to be quick and explosive for two or two and a half hours, whereas the endurance aspect comes into it in the best-of-five-set matches.

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Murray continued on to explain that he wasn’t trying to make a point about men’s versus women’s tennis, and brought up a potential match against Serena saying he thought it could be a good way to garner more interest in the sport. From the BBC Sport column:

That isn’t an argument about men’s and women’s tennis, by the way, although I have been challenged by someone on Twitter to taking on Serena Williams. I’d be up for it, why not?

I’ve never hit with her but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up. It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?

Murray is currently trying to become the first British player to win Wimbledon since 1936 when Fred Perry won. Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, is favored to win Wimbledon and defeated Caroline Garcia on Thursday to advance to the third round.

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7 comments
st.mcgrace
st.mcgrace

Karsten Brasch, then number 200, played the two sisters one after the other one 10 years ago and won 61 62...

dj13e29
dj13e29

This would be fun but it shouldn't be some "Battle of the Sexes" thing. Anyone who thinks Serena could compete with men is a moron. Serena and Venus played, I believe the 206th ranked player on the ATP when they were younger. This guy drank beer and smoked during the match and beat Serena something like 6-1 or 6-2. I guess Richard Williams made a comment about his daughters being able to beat men and that started the thing. Andy would probably skunk Serena.

seymourglass26
seymourglass26

@dj13e29 You're 100% right in both your facts and your assessment. This match would kill women's tennis, and I'm not really sure how a sideshow like it would help the sport. I have tremendous respect for top women players, but this is silly. Andy should be a little ashamed for even going there. Billie Jean King beat a very talented, old man (who had it coming by being a jerk).

sportrobb
sportrobb

I think Serena playing a match against Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova's current boyfriend and Serena's Ex, would be a lot more dramatically entertaining. What does SI think? Maybe Bravo TV, would want to sponsor it between Housewives shows.

RD
RD

Murray would kill her, no doubt about it.  Matter of fact, the 128th rated player at Wimbledon would defeat Williams easily and probably wouldn't even lose a game. Now that's if they play straight up and none of this BS that the men get only 1 serve and women get to play the doubles alleys. If women want to play a man in a match, play straight up.  I don't dislike women but, you have to face it, men are far superior in tennis.

dami1
dami1

You can see Serena playing against Chardy on Mouratoglou's website. Mouratoglou tries to convince her she has some chance to grab a few points which is true but Jeremy plays soft with her because there is no match actually. No interest for Serena (and the spectators) to play against a top male player.

davide1
davide1

I would love to see that match. My money is on Andy. Serena would have to get 100% of her first serve in to stand a chance to win a couple games. The point here would be to raise interest in the sport and to provide some entertainment. While they are at it, a percentage of the proceeds can go to my non-profit Bay Area Young Positives an agency that works with HIV positive youth.