Andy Murray and Serena Williams fail in the second round
The two tennis top players Serena Williams and Andy Murray are eliminated in their mixed premiere in the first knockout round of Wimbledon. The duo were defeated on Wednesday by the seeded Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares from the USA and Brazil 3: 6, 6: 4, 2: 6. Two rounds had won the two former world ranking first. That two-time Wimbledon champion Murray's comeback in London, together with the 37-year-old Serena Williams at his home Grand Slam starts, had caused a lot of attention. The 32-year-old Scot had dreaded the continuation of his career at the end of January, before he overcame his hip problems thanks to an operation. The Mixed-off ends Murray's Wimbledon return after two years of abstinence. In double, the two-time Olympic champion had lost with the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert already in the second round. For a speedy return in the individual competition, the three-time Grand Slam winner has little hope. It was "unlikely" that he was sufficiently fit for the US Open in late August, Murray had said. He does not feel strong enough at the moment and will not take any chances: "I do not want to go through another major operation in a couple of years, I have to make sure that the one I had is effective for as long as possible."