Serena Williams spotted using plastic racket cover at Wimbledon

Day Two The Championships- Wimbledon 2019

Day Two The Championships- Wimbledon 2019

Serena Williams began her first-round clash at Wimbledon in complete comfort, but ended it screaming in delight as she finally suppressed Giulia Gatto-Monticone having been dragged into an unlikely dogfight by the world number 161.

At last year's grand slam plastic straws were banned from its food and drinks operations, while 87 water refill fountains were installed. "Any coach will tell you, if the male player can keep the lady smiling, then (anything is possible)", Judy Murray said on Wednesday.

"It is the best I have felt since February", she said.

"From our perspective what we're doing is taking plastic off rackets". I've always liked that about him.

Williams last played mixed doubles in an official competition at the 2012 French Open, losing in the first round alongside men's doubles legend Bob Bryan - who underwent the same hip procedure as Murray previous year.

There's no doubt the mixed doubles draw just got a whole lot more interesting. "In those situations I always wanted Jamie to win because he was the older one, like it was the natural order of things, and he is easier to handle".

"He really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what", said Williams.

Oh, we should maybe mention the former Gairdoch player, when he wasn't kicking a football around, has also managed to win two Wimbledon singles titles in 2013 and 2016.

Who will Andy Murray partner up with at Wimbledon?

Two years on, he is preparing to actually take to the court alongside Williams, in what will be only the 12th mixed-doubles match of his career. So I was just trying to paint something - and my attempts were hilarious. I think it looks like a really strong partnership. "I would never have imagined that would ever happen here". He has played mixed at a Grand Slam event only twice, both times at Wimbledon, in 2005 with Shahar Peer of Israel and the following year with Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

Defending champion Angelique Kerber, two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova and Ash Barty - playing her first match at No. 1 in the rankings - all won in straight sets.

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