Andy Murray clinched his first Grand Slam victory in his comeback against Yoshihito Nishioka at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday. However, Murray’s former mixed doubles partner Serena Williams hails him for his extraordinary performance at the US Open 2020.
The 33-years-old Murray overcame 24-years-old Japanese 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York. Briton was taken 4 hours and 30 minutes to conclude the match against the Japanese. Notably, Former world number one regained momentum after the first two sets lost to world number 48.
While Serena is qualified for the second round at the US Open 2020 after defeating Compatriot Kristie Ahn in the straight sets(7-5, 6-3), the 23-times Grand Slam Champion praised her former mixed doubles partner Andy Murray in the post-match interview.
Serena Williams said, “Usually when you’re waiting for a match, someone is down two sets, you root for the person that’s ahead so you can get on the court and get off. [But] I was rooting for Andy the whole time. I really wanted him to win.”
Additionally, the 38-years-old American woman added, “Gosh, when he was down in the third set, I was just rooting for him so hard.”
“I Always Said He(Murray) Reminds Me a Lot of Myself”- Serena Williams
Moreover, Andy Murray and Serena Williams had a partnership for the 2019 Wimbledon mixed doubles event. A star pair were defeated by Soares and Melichar pair at the third round on the same.
World number nine Serena said of feminist Andy Murray, “I was really happy for him. I love his grit. I’ve always loved that, way before we played doubles. I always said he reminds me a lot of myself. I’m just a big fan. It was really good because I know what it’s like to be down, I know what.”
In conclusion, Junior Williams expressed, “it’s like to be injured, I know what it’s like to be counted out. I felt like it was a real gutsy win for him and I was really happy.”