Andy Murray: Serena Williams would face British number one

 

WIMBLEDON 2013

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Serena Williams says she is prepared to face Andy Murray after the world number two suggested facing the five-time Wimbledon women's singles champion.

Murray, in his latest BBC Sport column, said he believes people would be interested in watching men play against women to see how the styles match up.

He described Williams as an "incredible" player and said he would be prepared to face her in Las Vegas.

Andy Murray v Serena Williams

Murray Williams

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Age

31

6ft 3in

Height

5ft 9in

2

Ranking

1

1

Grand Slams

16

Williams said: "I doubt I'd win a point, but that would be fun."

Murray said he had been challenged by someone on Twitter to take on Williams, who is number one in the women's rankings.

"I'd be up for it, why not?" he added.

Williams, 31, is five years older than 2012 US Open winner Murray, but would not back away from the challenge of facing the Scot.

It would not be the first time leading men and women players have faced one another.

In 1992 two-time Wimbledon singles champion Jimmy Connors overcame Martina Navratilova 7-5 6-2 in Las Vegas. Nineteen years earlier Billie Jean King brushed aside Bobby Riggs 6-4 6-3 6-3 in Houston.

"Serena Williams could play about seven billion men on the planet and probably win, but Andy Murray isn't one of them. He could maybe play in heels and she could play in trainers that might even it up! Although I reckon a few guys ranked down 300 or 350 might be a little nervous if they had to play Serena for big money in Las Vegas."

"He wants to play me? That would be fun," Williams said after sweeping past French teenager Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2 in round two at Wimbledon on Thursday.

"He's probably one of the top three people I definitely don't want to play.

"But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown."

Should an exhibition game between the Murray and Williams happen, it would be a match between the two 2012 Olympic gold medal singles winners.

While Murray defeated Roger Federer to clinch the men's title at the Games, Williams overcame Maria Sharapova to win the women's event.

When the idea was put to world number one Novak Djokovic, the Serb said it would be "a lot of fun to watch".

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