Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at Wimbledon to support friend Serena Williams

Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at Wimbledon to support friend Serena Williams

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams was an impressive 6-3 6-4 victor against Germany's Julia Goerges on No. 1 Court on Saturday, setting up a last-16 clash with Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who beat Lauren Davis. Mahut has made the third round with new partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Seeing the pair in the mixed doubles at an official event is rare - Williams last competed at the 2012 French Open with Bob Bryan, who underwent surgery a year ago for the same type of hip problem afflicting the Scot, while Murray last featured at the 2016 Olympics with Heather Watson.

The dream mixed-doubles partnership of Serena Williams and Andy Murray didn't disappoint in their long awaited Wimbledon debut.

Murray and Williams gelled quickly in their first outing, breaking serve in the first game on their way to winning the opening set 6-4, before being more clinical in a one-sided second set.

The 15-year-old American - who has wowed the crowds in reaching the last 16 of the women's singles - and her British partner Jay Clarke lost 6-1, 6-4, in the first round to Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.

It was a repeat of last year's semi-final, which Williams also won before losing to Angelique Kerber in the final.

But if Williams is going to win an eighth singles championship at Wimbledon, and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title overall, she will want more performances like the one she gave against Goerges.

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Williams' famed serve was working, delivering seven aces.

Barty and Williams could meet in the quarterfinals.

'I think like towards the end of the match when you're kind of in control on the scoreboard, it's easier to sort of relax and enjoy it, whereas the first set, we were obviously taking it seriously to win'.

Wimbledon takes a break today as it has always been a tradition that no play shall be held on the "Middle Sunday" of the Grand Slam.

On Saturday, Swiss second seed Federer eased past French 27th seed Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) and will face Italy's 17th seed Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals.

During the match, Fognini said he wanted a bomb to explode at the All England Club.

The controversial Fognini said "sorry" in his briefing with reporters afterward but it might not be enough to spare him from a suspension.

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